C.S.T.E.E.P. Research Associate Wins Fulbright Award

Katherine Cress, a research associate at the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy since 1991, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.

The grant will enable Cress to lecture and perform research at the University of Wit watersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, from January to December, 1996, Cress said. She will work with undergraduate teachers in areas of classroom assistance, while studying the educational experiences of South African students as the transition from ap artheid continues, focusing on testing-related issues in particular.

Prior to arriving at BC, Cress spent a year in Capetown working with black teachers; this time, she notes, her charges will be both black and white.

I will be introducing many of the ideas we ve explored at CSTEEP to the teachers I will be working with, Cress said. With all the changes occurring in South African society, they need to think about what kind of educational system they want to have, and testing, evaluation and educational policy is, of course, critical to that discussion.

Cress earned a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education before her year in Capetown. She also received a bachelor s degree from Georgetown University in 1982 and a master s degree from Brown University in 1984.

The Fulbright grants are administered by the United States Information Agency, and are awarded following a rigorous peer review by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

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