Professor Don A. Klinger

Don Klinger

Dean of Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

Qualifications: Ph.D. Educational Psychology

Research Interests

My research focuses heavily on the formative and summative methods used to measure student outcomes, and the resulting decisions and actions made. This work primarily resides within public education and professional learning contexts (teacher and medical education), and classroom and large-scale assessment from both practical and policy perspectives. My contributions are highly valued due to both my psychometric skills (item response theory, generalizability theory, and hierarchical linear models) and my understanding of policy and the integration of assessment within varied contexts.

Recently, my research has focused on equity and access to learning, and the role of formative assessment to increase learner outcomes in challenging learning contexts (medical residents; rural Tanzania; non-academic programs). Throughout, I build connections across academic and professional communities to promote research dissemination, understanding, and use to improve educational systems.

Recent Publications

  • Jerrim, J., Volante, L., Klinger, D., & Schnepf, S. V. (2019). Socioeconomic inequality and student outcomes across education systems. In L. Volante, S. V. Schnepf, J. Jerrim, & D. A. Klinger (Eds.), Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes Cross-National Trends, Policies, and Practices (Vol. 4). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Nature. Retrieved from

  • Volante, L., Schnepf, S. V., Jerrim, J., & Klinger, D. A. (2019). Socioeconomic inequality and student outcomes cross-national trends, policies, and practices. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Nature.

  • Klinger, D., Schnepf, S. V., Volante, L., & Jerrim, J. (2019). Cross-national trends in addressing socioeconomic inequality in education. In L. Volante, S. V. Jerrim, & D. A. Klinger (Eds.), Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes. Education Policy & Social Inequality (Vol. 4). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

  • Volante, L., Klinger, D. A., Siegel, M., & Yahia, L. (2019). Raising the achievement of immigrant students: Towards a multi-layered framework for enhanced student outcomes. Policy Futures in Education, 17(8), 1037-1056. doi:10.1177/1478210319835336

Find more research publications by Don Klinger


Education Research; Teaching and Learning

Measurement and Psychometrics; Assessment Policy; Formative Assessment; Evaluation Theory and Practice

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Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Klinger, Prof Don 4281 dklinger TC.2.32 Division of Education

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