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Hashil Al-Saadi, Dr.
Centre for Preparatory Studies, Sultan Qaboos University
Hashil is an assistant language lecturer at the Centre for Preparatory Studies, Sultan Qaboos University. He holds a PhD in TESOL from the University of Sheffield, UK. His research interests include learner autonomy, qualitative research methodologies and critical pedagogy.

Current practices in research and assessment: Are we failing (our)students? (FSP158)
This presentation will critique the superficial and misrepresenting test scores and research data which some of the common research and assessment practices yield. Drawing on recent research findings and using the ‘iceberg’ metaphor, the presenter argues that learning is an unobservable, complex process which is hard to assess or research using conventional methods and calls upon the integration of other innovative qualitative approaches. Discussion will then centre on some important implications for research and assessment.