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Darina Scully

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Biography

Dr. Darina Scully is the Prometric Post-doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education. She holds a B.A. (Mod.) and a Ph.D. in psychology from Trinity College, Dublin. At CARPE, Darina is involved in several research projects focused on various issues in assessment and test development in educational and workplace settings.  She also contributes to teaching and supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Institute of Education.  Prior to joining the IoE, Darina worked in the Educational Research Centre (Drumcondra), where she was involved in a number of national and international research projects, including TIMSS (Trends in International Maths and Science Study), the evaluation of the School Support Programme under DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools), and the development and standardization of a series of computer-based assessments, including the Drumcondra Reasoning Test (DRT), the Drumcondra Post-Primary Reading Test (DPPRT) and the Drumcondra Post-Primary Mathematics Test (DPPMT). Darina has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation and the Irish Journal of Education, and has presented at various national and international conferences.

Research Interests

Educational Assessment
Certification and Licensure Assessment
Item and Test Development 
Situational Judgement Tests
Assessment of 21st Century Skills 
ICT-based Assessment 
E-portfolios 
Teaching and Teacher Education

 

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Vasiliki Pitsia Dublin City University IRELAND
Zita Lysaght Dublin City University IRELAND
Mark Brown Dublin City University IRELAND
Anastasios Karakolidis Dublin City University IRELAND
Michael O'Leary Dublin City University IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Steven Stemler Wesleyan University U.S.A.
Kenneth Ridgley Prometric Inc. U.S.A.
Steve Williams Prometric Inc. U.S.A.
Linda Waters Prometric Inc. U.S.A.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'The State of the Art in Digital Technology-Based Assessment'
Michael O'Leary, Darina Scully, Anastasios Karakolidis, Vasiliki Pitsia (2018) 'The State of the Art in Digital Technology-Based Assessment'. European Journal of Education, 53 (2) [Details]
2017 'Irish Pre-Service Teachers' Expectations for Teaching as a Career'
Zita Lysaght, Michael O'Leary, Darina Scully (2017) 'Irish Pre-Service Teachers' Expectations for Teaching as a Career'. Irish Journal of Education, 42 [Details]
2017 'Constructing Multiple-Choice Items to Measure Higher-Order Thinking'
Darina Scully (2017) 'Constructing Multiple-Choice Items to Measure Higher-Order Thinking'. Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation, 22 (17):1-13 [Details]
2015 'Factors Associated with Educational Disadvantage in Rural and Urban Areas'
Susan Weir, Darina Errity, Laura McAvinue (2015) 'Factors Associated with Educational Disadvantage in Rural and Urban Areas'. Irish Journal of Education, 40 :94-110 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Practice Tests: Do they work? Can they work better?'
Anastasios Karakolidis, Michael O'Leary, Darina Scully (2017) 'Practice Tests: Do they work? Can they work better?' CLEAR Exam Review, 26 (3) . [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
Steven Stemler, Julian Elliott, Michael O'Leary, Darina Scully, Anastasios Karakolidis (2018) A Cross-Cultural Study of High School Teachers' Tacit Knowledge of Interpersonal Skills American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 Association of Test Publishers,
Darina Scully, Linda Waters (2017) Driving Program Decisions Through Research: Applying Best Practices. [Oral Presentation], Association of Test Publishers, Scottsdale, AZ [Details]
2017 European Association of Test Publishers,
Darina Scully, Anastasios Karakolidis, Michael O'Leary (2017) Refining Situational Judgement Tests. [Oral Presentation], European Association of Test Publishers, Noordwijk, Netherlands [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2018 The Learning Portfolio in Higher Education: A Game of Snakes and Ladders.
Darina Scully, Michael O'Leary, Mark Brown (2018) The Learning Portfolio in Higher Education: A Game of Snakes and Ladders. Dublin City University, Dublin. [Details]

Teaching Interests

Research Design 
Research Methodology 
Quantitative Analysis 
Assessment 
Test Development 

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