Professor Gavin T L Brown

PhD, MEd (Hons 1st class) Massey University, BEd (TESL)(Dist'n) Concordia University

Biography

Prof Brown is Associate Dean Postgraduate Research and the Director of the Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. He also has joint appointments at: 

  • Affiliate Professor, in Applied Educational Sciences, at Umea University, Sweden
  • Honorary Professor, in Curriculum & Instruction, at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Dr Brown has been in academic positions since 2005 at the University of Auckland and the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2009-2011). Prior to that he was a standardised test developer for NZCER (1997-2000) and Auckland UniServices; he was the Senior Project Manager for the Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning (asTTle) project (2000-2005). After completing teacher training in Montreal Canada (1979-1981), Gavin worked in NZ for 13 years (1983-1996) as a tutor of ESOL and as a high school teacher of English and ESOL. 

Research | Current

I am involved in the current externally funded research projects:

  • 2017-2020. External Expert. Perspektivtagande hos framtida poliser: effekter av utbildning och praktik [Perspective taking ability in future police officers: Effects of training and professional practice]. Swedish Research Council (grant # 2016-04842). Principal Investigators: Dr Christina Wikstrom, Dr Tova Stenlund, & Dr Miguel Inzunza (Umeå University, Sweden).
  • 2017-. External collaborator. Education, Regulated Learning, and Assessment (ERLA) research group, Departamento Interfacultativo de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad Autonomá de Madrid, Spain. PI=Dr Ernesto Panadero.
  • 2015-2016. Co-Investigator, Student self-assessment: Calibration, predictors, and effects. With Principal Investigator Dr. Yan Zi, Education University of Hong Kong. Funded by the General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.
  • 2016-2020. Member, Mid-childhood outcomes of children born at risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia, Children with Hypoglycaemia and their Later Development CHYLD Project, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. Health Research Council grant $1,198,903. PI=Prof Jane Harding.
  • 2018-2020. International Assessor. Teaching practices and their impact on university students´ self- regulated learning. Programa Fondecyt No. 018/Fondecyt/516 ($120,000NZD), CONICYT Chile. PI=Dr Daniela Bruna, Universidad del Desarrollo. 
  • 2019-2024. Member. Assessing the impact of maternal and perinatal interventions on life-long health, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. 5-year Programme Grant, Health Research Council (ref. #19/690).  PI=Prof Jane Harding. $4,971,164.10 NZD
  • 2020-2021. Co-Investigator. Unpacking student self-assessment processes: A longitudinal naturalistic experiment. Hong Kong General Research Fund (grant 18600019). PI=Dr Yan Zi, Education University of Hong Kong. HK$733,312 (≈$140,000 NZD)

Teaching | Current

Assessment, testing, measurement

  1. EDUC 224 Assessment and Evaluation in Education

Research methods and evaluation

  1. EDUC 380 Methods of Research in Education
  2. EDUC 706 Measurement & Advanced Statistics

Social psychology especially around assessment

  1. EDUC 121(G) How People Learn

Postgraduate supervision

My research topics focus around the following four big ideas. I am actively prioritising research students in these areas. Students should be willing and able to learn how to use statistical methods with large-scale data.

  1. The teaching and learning of advanced quantitative methods https://dx.doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3469797.v1
  2. Evaluation and measurement of undergraduate attributes http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/research/research-at-faculty/quant-dare-unit_1/research-quant-dare_1.html
  3. Assessment (https://doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3499020) and data analysis methods ((https://doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3465630.v3), especially in higher education, making use of psychometric theory.
  4. Beliefs and attitudes toward assessment and the impact of those on behaviour and performance focusing on teachers (https://doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3690541.v1) or students (https://doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3694258.v2)

I am currently supervising the following research students.

2017

PhD

Lead

Anran ZHAO, CSC Scholar

What made PISA outcomes different - a comparison on socioeconomic status, curriculum and students’ motivation between New Zealand and China (Shanghai) based on PISA 2015

2017

PhD

Lead

Xiaoying GAO, CSC Scholar

University Students’ Conceptions of Assessment: Using Self-Regulation to Self-Improve

2017

PhD

Lead

Tianxin LI, CSC Scholar

Cross-cultural differences in student self-assessment; identification of social and cultural best practices and the difference between ‘east’ and ‘west

2017

PhD

Lead

Sedigheh ABBASNASAB

Teaching Quantitative Research Methods to Novice Researchers

2017

PhD

Lead

Jinjing FANG

Achievement Emotions Across An Assessment Event

2019

MEd

Sole

Yifei WU

Motivational profiles in grade-eight TIMSS science: Describing jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region.

2019

PhD

Advisor

Darren DAI, FHMS, UoA

The role of executive function in mid-childhood achievement

2020

MProfSt

Sole

Carlos MARTINEZ

Usefulness of student and teacher perceptions on feedback: Performance on Colombia’s PISA 2018 results.

2020

MProfSt

Sole

Yan ZHANG

Students’ Conceptions of Assessment: A Critical Review of the Literature

2020

PhD

Lead

Leifeng XIAO

The Development of Self-Assessment Practice and Its Relationship with Goal Orientation: A Cross-Lag Study

I am an external advisor or supervisor to the following candidates at other universities. 

2016-

PhD

External Supervisor.

Patrick D. RATU, USP (Tonga)

Strengthening diagnostic assessments as interactive formative praxis: A psychometrical and clinical approach for improving students learning and achievements in Solomon Islands

I have contributed to doctoral dissertations, master's theses, and honor's projects at UoA, Universidad Federale de Minas Gerais, Universidad Federale de Ouro Preto, Ludwig Maximilian University, National Institute of Education Singapore, and the Education University of Hong Kong. This is the list of doctoral candidates.

2020

PhD

Thesis Advisory Committee Member

Cassim MUNSHI, NIE, Singapore

Towards an Understanding of Self-Regulated Learning using a Technology-Enhanced Feedback System

2020

PhD

Lead

Zhiying LIAO

The Impact of Genre-Informed Persuasive Writing in the Chinese Tertiary Classroom

2020

PhD

Lead

Wenjing YAO, CSC Scholar

The Preparation of Assessment Literate Teachers: Examining Language Testing and Assessment Courses in China and New Zealand

2020

EdD

Lead

Sam AIRY

Changing identity and intentions toward entrepreneurial behaviour in community education

2019

EdD

Co-

Amanda HARPER

Students’ use and understanding of feedback in a university context: How and why students use feedback

2019

PhD

Lead

Geng JUN

Quasi-experimental research on teaching methods of legal education in China

2019

PhD

Lead

Joohyun PARK, UoA 2015 Academy of Korean Studies Scholar

Rethinking the Success-Happiness Route: Cross-cultural Impact of Extrinsic-Intrinsic Success Beliefs and Identity on Subjective and Psychological Well-being

2018

PhD

Co-

Xiaohua LIU, CSC Scholar

Towards the Foundation of a Diagnostic Assessment of Reading in English for Academic Purposes

2018

PhD

Lead

Jing YU, CSC Scholar

L2 Motivational and Self-Systems Among Successful Chinese Learners of English

2018

PhD

Lead

David SAN JOSE

The Cost-Reward Analysis of Electronic Portfolio Systems: Towards Best Practice and Improved Student Engagement

2017

PhD, HKU

Co-
(1 year)

Yueting XU

University English teacher assessment literacy in China

2017

EdD

Co-
(1 year)

Robyn GIBBS

Literacy leadership in New Zealand secondary schools

2017

PhD, LMU

International Advisor

Florence KYARUZI

Formative assessment practices in mathematics education among secondary schools in Tanzania

2016

PhD

Lead

Eric Mei BING, CSC Scholar

Technology Acceptance as a predictor of CALL 2.0 Implementation in Prospective Teachers

2015

PhD

Lead

Rachel WILLIAMS, UoA Doctoral Scholar

Implementing a healthy education program in NZ secondary schools: Promoting positive student health

2014

PhD

Lead

Matthew COURTNEY, UoA Doctoral Scholar

Emerging social space: The role of Facebook in Australasian international student integration

2013

PhD

Co-

Boram LEE

The characteristics of child rearing practices of two-parent and single-parent Korean immigrants in New Zealand

2013

PhD

Co-
(1 year)

Sarah TUMEN

The impact of school resourcing and financial management on attainment of students

2013

EdD, HKIEd

Co-
(1 year)

Chih Nuo Grace CHAO

Structural equation models of motivation theory: Tripartite relationships of motivation to goal setting and academic achievement with self-efficacy as mediator

2013

EdD, HKIEd

Co-
(2 years)

David SORRELL

A study of achievement in English for students learning within a curriculum taught in their second language in a Hong Kong international school

2012

EdD

Co-
(1 year)

Camilla HIGHFIELD

Secondary school middle management leadership practices & beliefs: Linkages to greater qualifications achievement

2012

EdD, HKIEd

Co-
(2 years)

Luxi ZHANG

Learning English in Chinese higher education: Individual and systemic factors impacting willingness to communicate.

2010

PhD

Lead

Junjun CHEN, UoA International Doctoral Scholar

Conceptions of excellent teaching: Teacher evaluation for school improvement

2010

PhD, UFMG

Lead

Daniel Abud Seabra MATOS

A avaliação no ensino superior: Concepções múltiplas de estudantes brasileiros [Assessment in higher education: Multiple conceptions of Brazilian Students].

2010

EdD

Lead

Mo’ale ‘OTUNUKU

Tongan conceptions of schooling in New Zealand: Insights and possible solutions to underachievement

Distinctions/Honours

2020. Distinguished International Visitor. University of Canberra. Funded award to be a guest of Prof Moosung Lee.

In 2019, Gavin was a keynote speaker for the following conferences in 2019

  • February: International Congress on Assessment in Higher Education, Braga, Portugal.
  • March: National experience conference for the SKUV (school-based competence development in assessment) project, in Trondheim, Norway.
  • August: European Association for Learning and Instruction biennial conference in Aachen Germany.
  • September: biennial Asia Pacific Educational Assessment Conference in Singapore.
  • October: 2019 International Conference of Artificial Intelligence &Technology-Enhanced Language Learning. Shanghai, PRC.

2019. Top 1% of Peer Reviewers in Social Sciences, Publons Peer Review Awards

2017. Top 1% of Peer Reviewers in Social Sciences (#8), Publons Peer Review Awards

2017. Shortlisted, EARLI 2017 Outstanding Publication Award for Panadero, E., Brown, G. T. L., & Strijbos, J-W. (2016). The future of student self-assessment: A review of known unknowns and potential directions. Educational Psychology Review, 28(4), 803-830. doi:10.1007/s10648-015-9350-2

2016. Sentinel of Science Award (#34 in Social Sciences), [Awards for Top 10% of Peer Reviews] Publons.com.

2015. 2014 Distinguished Paper Award, Classroom Assessment SIG, American Educational Research Association

2015. Faculty Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Education & Social Work, The University of Auckland

2014. Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award for Postgraduate Research Supervision, The University of Auckland

2008. Early Career Research Excellence Award, The University of Auckland

2004. BearingPoint Innovation Awards to Project asTTle, University of Auckland

  • Highly Commended for Public Service  
  • Highly Commended for Innovation in Technology

2003. Computerworld Excellence Award for Use of IT in Education to Project asTTle, University of Auckland.

Responsibilities

Current at University of Auckland

Associate Dean Post Graduate Research, Faculty of Education & Social Work, 2018 onwards.

Director, Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit (Quant-DARE), The University of Auckland, November 2013 onwards. 

Areas of expertise

  • Educational testing & assessment
  • Psychometrics & measurement
  • Social psychology of assessment
  • Attitudes, values, & beliefs
  • Structural equation modeling

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Current Editorial Roles:

  • Member, International Editorial Board, Educational Research Review, 2018 - to date
  • Chief Section Editor, Frontiers in Education: Assessment, Testing, & Applied Measurement, 2016-to date
  • Member, International Editorial Board, Cogent Education OA
  • Member, Editorial Board, Educational Assessment, 2014-to date
  • Member, Editorial Board, Assessment in Education, 2013 - to date
  • Member, Editorial Board, Teaching and Teacher Education, 2012 - to date
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Society, Culture, & Language, 2012 - to date
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, set: Research Information for Teachers, 2006 - to date

Recognised Reviewer

  • Member, International Review Panel, Journal of Education for Teaching, 2011 - to date
  • Member, College of Reviewers, Higher Education Research & Development, 2013- to date
  • Review Editor, Frontiers in Quantitative Psychology and Measurement, 2010 - to date
  • Consulting Editor, Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology, 2015 - to date

Current Memberships

Member, National Council for Measurement in Education (NCME), 2001 to date

Member, International Test Commission (ITC), 2002 to date

Member, European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), 2006 to date

Member, Association for Psychological Science (APS), 2008 to date

Previous Memberships

Member, International Psychometric Society, (IPS), 2012 to 2018.

Member, Division 15 Educational Psychology, APA, 2011 to 2018.

Member, Division 5 Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, APA, 2016 to 2018.

International Affiliate, American Psychological Association (APA), 2006 to 2018

Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2001 to 2018

Member, Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK), 2010 to 2011; 2015.

International Affiliate, International Reading Association (IRA), 1998 to 2008

Member, New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE), 1997 to 2008

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Brown, G. (2019). Self-Assessment: An excellent curricular practice that fails assessment.. Paper presented at 4th Biennial conference of Asia Pacific Educational Assessment Conference, Singapore. 12 September - 13 September 2019. Smarter Assessment for Better Learning. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45495
  • Deneen, C. C., Fulmer, G. W., Brown, G. T. L., Tan, K., Leong, W. S., & Tay, H. Y. (2019). Value, practice and proficiency: Teachers' complex relationship with assessment for learning. TEACHING AND TEACHER EDUCATION, 80, 39-47. 10.1016/j.tate.2018.12.022
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46134
  • Brown, G. T. L., Gebril, A., & Michaelides, M. P. (2019). Teachers’ conceptions of assessment: A global phenomenon or a global localism. Frontiers in Education, 4 (16)10.3389/feduc.2019.00016
  • Brown, G. T. L. (2019). Technologies and infrastructure: costs and obstacles in developing large-scale computer–based testing. Education Inquiry, 10 (1), 4-20. 10.1080/20004508.2018.1529528
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42688
  • Brown, G. T. (2019). Products, Processes, Psychology, & Technology: Quo Vadis Educational Assessment?. Paper presented at The 18th EARLI Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction, Aachen, Germany. 12 August - 16 August 2019. Thinking Tomorrow’s Education: Learning from the past, in the present, and for the future. Related URL.
  • Michaelides, M., Brown, G. T. L., Eklöf H, & Papanastasiou, E. C. (2019). Motivational Profiles in TIMSS Mathematics: Exploring Student Clusters across Countries and Time. Dordrecht, NL: Springer International Publishing. Pages: 144. 10.1007/978-3-030-26183-2
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45408
  • Sobko, T., & Brown, G. (2019). Reflecting on personal data in a health course: Integrating wearable technology and ePortfolio for eHealth. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, 35 (3), 55-70. 10.14742/ajet.4027
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43629
  • Kyaruzi, F., Strijbos, J.-W., Ufer, S., & Brown, G. T. L. (2018). Teacher AfL perceptions and feedback practices in mathematics education Chock for among secondary schools in Tanzania. STUDIES IN EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION, 59, 1-9. 10.1016/j.stueduc.2018.01.004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43447

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By appointment. Please send an email to request a meeting.

Primary office location

H - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EH
Level 4, Room 411
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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