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Professor in Educational Assessment, University of Auckland

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.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Chair professor, The University of Auckland
  • 2016–present
    Honorary Professor, Education University of Hong Kong
  • 2016–present
    Affiliated Professor, Umea Universitet
  • 2011–2015
    Associate Professor, The University of Auckland
  • 2009–2011
    Associate professor, Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • 2005–2008
    Senior lecturer, The University of Auckland
  • 2000–2005
    Senior Project Manager, Auckland UniServices Ltd
  • 1997–2000
    Research officer, New Zealand Council for Educational Research

Education

  • 2003 
    The University of Auckland, Ph.D. Education
  • 1996 
    Massey University, M.Ed. (Hons)
  • 1981 
    Concordia University, Canada, B.Ed. TESL (Dist'n)

Publications

  • 2019
    Analyzing students’ free response drawings: Perceptions of assessment , Sage
  • 2019
    Motivational profiles in TIMSS mathematics: Exploring student clusters across countries and time , Springer
  • 2018
    Assessment of student achievement, Routledge
  • 2018
    Evaluating Repeated Diary Study Responses: Latent Curve Modeling (, Sage
  • 2018
    Using self-assessment to improve student learning, Routledge
  • 2016
    Handbook of human and social factors in assessment, Routledge
  • 2014
    An introduction to educational assessment, measurement, and evaluation: Improving the quality of teacher-based assessment , Dunmore Publishing
  • 2010
    Contemporary educational assessment: Practices, principles, and policies, Pearson Education South Asia
  • 2009
    Student perspectives on assessment: What students can tell us about assessment for learning, Information Age Publishing
  • 2008
    Conceptions of assessment: Understanding what assessment means to teachers and students, Nova Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    GDM and school age outcomes
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Auckland Medical Research Foundation
  • 2020
    Utveckling av formative bedömningspraktiker och dess effekter på elevers motivation och prestationer [Development of formative assessment practices and their effects on student motivation and achievement]
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Swedish Research Council, Education Research Fund
  • 2020
    Inside the Black Box of Feedback: Capturing Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioural Indicators of Feedback Effectiveness
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    EARLI Emerging Field Group
  • 2020
    The cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of inclusive versus special education placement: a quasi-experimental follow-up study
    Role:
    International Collaborator
    Funding Source:
    Academy of Finland
  • 2020
    Analysis of formative assessment practices and their effects in higher education (APEEFES)
    Role:
    International Collaborator
    Funding Source:
    Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, Spain
  • 2020
    Unpacking student self-assessment processes: A longitudinal naturalistic experiment
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Hong Kong General Research Fund
  • 2019
    Assessing the impact of maternal and perinatal interventions on life-long health
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • 2018
    Evaluating and developing Chinese undergraduates' critical thinking skills via classroom assessment
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    China National Social Science Fund
  • 2018
    Motivational and affective profiles in TIMSS mathematics across, age, time and countries
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement
  • 2018
    Teaching practices and their impact on university students´ self- regulated learning
    Role:
    2. International Assessor
    Funding Source:
    CONICYT Chile
  • 2017
    Mid-Childhood Outcomes of Children Born at Risk of Neonatal Hypoglycaemia
    Role:
    Member
    Funding Source:
    Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • 2017
    Enhancing future employability through tertiary education
    Role:
    Faculty Representative
    Funding Source:
    AKO National Project Fund
  • 2017
    Perspektivtagande hos framtida poliser: effekter av utbildning och praktik [Perspective taking ability in future police officers: Effects of training and professional practice]
    Role:
    External Expert
    Funding Source:
    Swedish Research Council
  • 2015
    Student self-assessment: Calibration, predictors, and effects
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Hong Kong General Research Fund
  • 2015
    AfL in Singapore Secondary Schools
    Role:
    Consultant
    Funding Source:
    National Institute of Education
  • 2014
    Multi-method evaluation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in New Zealand schools
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    International Baccalaureat Research Office
  • 2014
    Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment MOOC
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Commonwealth Education Trust
  • 2013
    Purposes and practices of assessment under conditions of reform: Understanding Indian secondary school teachers' & leaders' attitudes and beliefs
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    New Zealand India Research Institute India Studies Research Grants
  • 2012
    From conception to action: Understanding eportfolios as assessment in higher education
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Hong Kong Research Grants Council General Research Fund
  • 2005
    Conceptions of Assessment and Feedback in Secondary School Mathematics and English and their impact on learning and pedagogy
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Teaching & Learning Research Initiative NZ
  • 2002
    Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning—Versions 3 and 4
    Role:
    Named Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Ministry of Education NZ

Professional Memberships

  • National Council for Educational Measurement
  • International Test Commission
  • European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction
  • Association for Psychological Science

Research Areas

  • Other Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (1799)
  • Specialist Studies In Education (1303)