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An Interpretative Phenomenological Study Exploring Perceptions of a Change in Assessment Method due to the impact of COVID-19

Murphy, Niall (2021) An Interpretative Phenomenological Study Exploring Perceptions of a Change in Assessment Method due to the impact of COVID-19. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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This research is an interpretative phenomenological study exploring the key stakeholders’ perceptions of a change in terminal assessment method for the National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme, in Ireland, due to the impact of COVID-19. The aim of this research was to increase knowledge, awareness and understanding of the participant’s unique perspectives to gain an insight into how a change in assessment method can be supported and strengthened to improve the outcomes for the stakeholders. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six participants, three instructors and three learners, from Further Education and Training Centres throughout Ireland. The participants were selected purposefully to ensure they were best placed to reflect upon a range of appropriate and meaningful experiences of the phenomenon. Thematic Analysis was adopted as the methodological approach and four significant themes emerged from the analysis. The participants emphasised the importance of the combined voice of instructors and learners in the decision-making process on a change in assessment methods, increased anxiety brought about by this change, the skill set required to complete a changed assessment method and the factors influencing engagement with a changed assessment method. The research findings show that the change in assessment method for the NCCAP was negatively perceived by the participants and considered a missed opportunity. This research concludes that the change in assessment method was flawed. The study recommends further research into the process of change in assessment, gender balance in research, and learners and instructors as partners in education. The results of this lived experience study may serve multiple stakeholders, such as culinary educational professionals, professional organizations, FET centres, colleges/universities, and the wider educational community, as they face the challenge of a change in assessment method due to a pandemic.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commis Chef; perception; change in assessment; COVID-19
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education > Assessment
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Food Industry
Divisions: Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning > Master of Arts in Educational Practice
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 14:07
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2022 14:07

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