Monsurat Omobola Raji (she/her)

Nominated by member scholarly associations of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the 2022 Congress Graduate Merit Awards recognize exceptional graduate students who will be presenting their work at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Photo of Monsurat Omobola Raji, CGMA recipient.


Tell us about yourself.

I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the University Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. My area of research broadly covers classroom assessment, teacher education and development, and post-secondary teaching, learning, and assessment pedagogies. My doctoral research explores the intersection of teacher educators’ conceptions and practices of assessment in teacher education programs.  

List the scholarly association(s) of which you are currently a member. 

  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education                                          
  • American Educational Research Association                                          
  • National Council on Measurement in Education [NCME]                     
  • Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education                        

What is the title of your Congress 2022 presentation?  

Mathematics Teachers’ Shifting Assessment Practices: Insights from a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Project 

How would you describe the research you will be presenting at Congress 2022?

Recent perspectives in classroom assessment especially in mathematics classrooms emphasize shifts in teachers practices from traditional to innovative assessment and rich tasks. Innovative assessment assist to enhance student learning, to improve teachers’ instructional practices as well as actively engaging students in the course. Educators highlight that one of the ways to improve teachers’ practices is by participating in continuous and collaborative professional learning communities. This study examined grade nine mathematics teachers’ practices as they attempt to shift their teaching and assessment practices to promote student learning, attitude towards, and engagement in mathematics. 

How does the research you will be presenting connect with the Congress 2022 theme, Transitions

The research that I am presenting explores mathematics teachers’ assessment practices to suggest equitable ways of incorporating sound assessment strategies into increasingly diverse classrooms. It aims to also provide concrete ideas drawing from a professional learning community for in-service classroom mathematics teachers regarding implementing innovative strategies needed to assess students.  

What is your favourite part of the Congress experience?

The several opportunities to make research connections and collaborations within and across associations is what I like most about the Congress. 

What are your hopes for Congress 2022?

I look forward to expanding my experience about classroom assessment, higher education, and teacher education through the numerous and intriguing presentations this year.