Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Christopher DeLuca

Associate Professor of Classroom Assessment
Office:
A218
Phone:
613-533-6000 ext. 77675
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BSc (Toronto), B.Ed., M.Ed., PhD (Queen's)

Associate Professor of Classroom Assessment, Graduate Faculty  

Coordinator of Graduate Student Recruitment 

Website: cdeluca.com | educ.queensu.ca/cart

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
  • Exploring pre-service and in-service teacher education in assessment (assessment literacy)
  • Rethinking classroom assessment theory and practice to support teaching and learning
  • Examining the intersection of assessment, curriculum, and pedagogy within accountability contexts of education
  • Using validity theory in educational assessment, programming, and research
Biography

Dr. DeLuca (PhD, Queen’s University) is an Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty member in Classroom Assessment at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Dr. DeLuca leads the Classroom Assessment Research Team and is a member of the Queen’s Assessment and Evaluation Group. Previously, Dr. DeLuca was an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (Tampa, USA) and has worked in the area of policy research in London, England.

Dr. DeLuca’s research examines the complex intersection of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment as operating within the current context of school accountability and standards-based education. His work largely focuses on supporting teachers in negotiating these critical areas of practice to enhance student learning experiences. In particular, Dr. DeLuca’s research centers on how pre-service and in-service teachers learn to engage the complexities of assessing student learning in relation to the evolving accountability culture in today’s classrooms. For more information, see the activities of the Classroom Assessment Research Team.

Dr. DeLuca’s research has been published in national and international journals, and has been recognized through several awards including the Queen’s Faculty of Education Research Excellence Award, the American Educational Research Association Outstanding Paper in Classroom Assessment Award, and the R.W. Jackson Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Further, his research has received continuous funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. DeLuca has served as President of the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association and is currently the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Education. At Queen’s, Dr. DeLuca teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs, and has received the Golden Apple Award for university teaching.

Recent Publications

DeLuca, C., Chapman-Chin, A., LaPointe-McEwan, D., & Klinger, D. (2017). Students’ perspectives on assessment for learning. The Curriculum Journal, 1-18.

Pyle, A., De Luca, C., & Danniels, E. (2017). A scoping review of research on play-based pedagogies in kindergarten education. Review of Education, 5(3), 311-351.

DeLuca, C., Bolden, B., & Chan, J. (2017). Systematic professional learning through collaborative inquiry: Examining teachers’ perspectives. Teaching and Teacher Education, 67, 67-78.

Pyle, A., & DeLuca, C. (2017). Assessment in play-based kindergarten classrooms: An empirical study of teacher perspectives and practices. The Journal of Educational Research, 110(5), 457–466.

LaPointe, D., DeLuca, C., & Klinger, D. (2017). Supporting evidence-use in networked professional learning: The role of the middle leader. Educational Research, Special Issue: Evidence-informed Practice in Education, 59(2), 136-153.

DeLuca, C., LaPointe, D., & Luhanga, U. (2016). Teacher assessment literacy: a review of international standards and measures. Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability, 28(3), 251-272.

DeLuca, C., Valiquette, A., Coombs, A., LaPointe-McEwan, D., & Luhanga, U. (2016). Teachers’ approaches to classroom assessment: A large-scale survey. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 1-21.

DeLuca, C., LaPointe-McEwan, D., & Luhanga, U. (2016). Approaches to classroom assessment inventory: A new instrument to support teacher assessment literacy. Educational Assessment, 21(4), 248-266.

Bolden, B., & DeLuca, C. (2016). Measuring the magical: Leveraging assessment for emergent learning. Assessment Matters, 10, 52-71.

DeLuca, C., & Volante, L. (2016). Assessment for learning in teacher education programs: Navigating the juxtaposition of theory and praxis. Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education, 20(1), 19-31.

DeLuca, C., Shulha, J., Luhanga, U., Shulha, L. M., Klinger, D. A., & Christou, T. (2015) Collaborative inquiry as a professional learning structure for educators: A scoping review. Professional Development in Education, 41(1), 640-670.

Birenbaum, M., DeLuca, C., Earl, L., Heritage, M., Klenowski, V., Looney, A., Smith, K., Timperley, H., Volante, L., & Wyatt-Smith, C. (2015). International trends in the implementation of assessment: Implications for policy and practice. Policy Futures in Education, 13(1), 117-140.

DeLuca, C., Klinger, D., Pyper, J., Shulha, L., & Woods, J. (2015). Building school district capacity in assessment for learning: A study on the effectiveness of an instructional rounds professional learning approach. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 22(1), 122-139.​

Supervision

Current PhD Students

Alumni

  • John Duclos (M.Ed., 2018)
  • Andrew Coombs (SSHRC CGS Fellowship) (M.Ed., 2017)
  • Lalai Abbas (M.Ed., 2016)
  • Bing Bai (M.Ed., 2016)
  • Jessika Diakun (M.Ed., 2016)
  • Meaghan Low (M.Ed., 2015)
  • Cheng Zhou (M.Ed., 2015)
  • Paul Vernon (SSHRC CGS Fellowship) (M.Ed., 2014)