Assessment for Learning
Evaluation of Educational Programs
Field of Research (FoR)
Dennis is a test and scale developer, program evaluator, curriculum designer, and applied statistician. His area of interest revolves around Assessment for Learning (AfL) particularly in supporting teachers to make highly contextualised, consistent, fair and trustworthy assessment decisions to effectively support student learning. He has been involved in a number of international and national research projects. He also researches on a broad...view more
Dennis is a test and scale developer, program evaluator, curriculum designer, and applied statistician. His area of interest revolves around Assessment for Learning (AfL) particularly in supporting teachers to make highly contextualised, consistent, fair and trustworthy assessment decisions to effectively support student learning. He has been involved in a number of international and national research projects. He also researches on a broad range of topics including student IT experiences, blended and online learning, standards-based assessment, and learning analytics to help inform curriculum design, professional development and policy. He has received various scholarships from the Philippines and Australian governments and a public diplomacy scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea. He was a former Dean of Education of the University of Southeastern Philippines before joining UNSW.
Digitalisation of professional learning: Development and application of mobile app to enhance teachers' self-efficacy in implementing the Philippine Department of Education developmental framework during COVID-19 pandemic. Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program – Philippines. 2020-2021. ~$28,000.
Rural and Regional Education Project. New South Wales Department of Education. 2020-2021. $787,000.
NSW Equity Consortium. University Alliance - UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University. Whole-of-cohort Outreach with Years 7-9 Literacy Focused. 2020-2021. $51,000.
Evaluation of ASDAN SEND Program at Wiliam Rose School. Funded by New South Wales Department of Education, Australia. 2020-2021. $54,200.
Improving Assessment Literacy across the Pemulwuy Learning Community. 2018-2021. $20,000.
Development of Training Modules based on Competency-Based Learning and Development (CBLD) Plan on Research Management for the Department of Education of the Philippines. Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 2018. $35,699.18.
Student Assessment Literacy: What is it and How is it Developed? UNSW Sydney School of Education. 2010. $5,000.
Development of a Competency-Based Learning and Development Plan. Funded by the Basic Education Sector Transformation, Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd for the Department of Education, Philippines. 2017. $25,000
BS Biology (MSU-IIT), MS Biology (MSU-IIT), MEd Assessment and Evaluation (UniMelb), PhD (UNSW Sydney)
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Assessment, Evaluation and Teacher Education & Development
Ria Asia, PhD student: The development of teachers self-efficacy beliefs in the context of teacher learning program in Bima, Eastern Indonesia
Cherry Zin Oo, PhD student: Development of assessment for learning (AfL) literacy of pre-service teachers in Myanmar
Oluwaseun Ijiwade, PhD student: Evaluation of an EAL reading and vocabulary diagnostic language assessment tool
Cynthia Raffe, PhD student: Cognitive and environmental factors influencing Australian secondary-school teacher’s assessment data collection and analysis practices
Jaime Rodriguez, MRsch student: Teacher perceptions of the impact of a school-developed professional learning program on their effectiveness in assessing students’ engagement and progress in learning
EDST5443: Assessment for Learning: From Theory to Practice
EDST5436: Evaluation of Educational Programs