Alina von Davier - “There Are Many Things We Don't Measure Because We Don't Know How”




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Feb 10, 2016
by Patrick Wilson
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Alina von Davier - “There Are Many Things We Don't Measure Because We Don't Know How”

Researcher and academic produces new animation that looks at new research methods to measure collaboration and 21st century skills A still from Alina von Davier's animation

Salzburg Global Fellow Alina von Davier has released an animation on her work on collaboration for her organization Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Alina von Davier is a Fellow of the 2015 session The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation? She is also senior research director at ETS and adjunct professor at Fordham University, New York, NY, USA. At ETS she has developed the expertise and psychometric research agenda in support of the next generation of assessments.

The animation details a new research method that can be used to measure how individuals interact in collaborative problem solving. The video explains the research by Davier to find out what are 21st century skills and how to measure them. Davier discusses how current research on collaboration and 21st century skills only focuses on what we already know, stating: “we measure very, very well what we know how to measure, but there are many things out there that we don't measure because we don't know how to measure them.” 

The US-based education nonprofit ETS works to advance quality and equity in education on a worldwide scale by creating assessments based on research as well as conducting educational research, analysis and policy studies and developing customized services and products for teacher certification, English language learning and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education.

ETS has partnered with Salzburg Global Seminar for several Salzburg Global programs, most recently of which was Untapped Talent: Can better testing and data accelerate creativity in learning and societies?in December 2015.

The research laid out in this animation aims to be applied in schools within formative assessments for English language learners and potentially summative assessments in the workplace.

The video can be viewed here.