Mark Christopher White

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Academic Interests

Mark specialises in studying formalized observation instruments as a tool for understanding instructional quality.  He is particularly interested in understanding rater and instrument biases and the mediators and moderators that affect the relationship between observed instructional practice and student learning.  Beyond this work, he is interested in the challenges and benefits of identifying and labeling collections of practices as evidence-based, as well as the role of emotions in learning. His current work is focused on three areas. The main focus is on improving formalized observation instruments as tools of measuring instructional quality.  Other work focuses on understanding change in instructional practices in the US since the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and exploring biases inherent in the use of student surveys to measure non-cognitive outcomes in schools.


Before completing his PhD in educational studies, Mark worked in the mental health field supporting children and adults with a range of challenges.  This led him to study efforts in education designed to build resilience in students and decrease the incidence of mental health disorders and eventually to his graduate studies. 

Postdoctoral Project

Mark White is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nordic Centre of Excellence: Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT). He currently works on a postdoctoral project titled 'Challenging the Scoring Assumption: Incorporating context into observation scores and exploring rater errors'. This work is part of QUINT's LISA Nordic Study Linking Instruction and Student Achievement in Nordic Schools (LISA Nordic), a large-scale video study, investigating the quality of teaching in Nordic classrooms. 


  • White, M. (2018). Rater Performance Standards for Classroom Observation Instruments. Educational Researcher, 0013189X18785623.
  • White, M. (2019). Analysis of Nominally Equivalent Outcome Studies: A comment on Rickles, et al. (2018). Educational Researcher.  Comment Article.
  • White, M., Rowan, B., Hansen, B., & Lycurgus, T. (2019). Combining Archival Data and Program-Generated Electronic Records to Improve the Usefulness of Efficacy Trials in Education:  General Considerations and an Empirical Example. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness.
  • Rowan, B., Maher, B., & White, M. (Upcoming). The Use of Video Data in Reading Research. Handbook of Reading Research. 5th edition.
  • White, M., & Bardelli, E. (Under Review). Criterion-Referenced Value-Added Scores. Educational Finance and Policy.
  • Rowan, Brian & White, Mark Christopher (2021). The Common Core State Standards Initiative as an Innovation Network. The American Educational Research Journal (AERJ). ISSN 0002-8312. Full text in Research Archive
  • Dalland, Cecilie Pedersen; White, Mark Christopher; Blikstad-Balas, Marte & Roe, Astrid (2021). Individualised home schooling – at odds with the equity ambitions in the Nordic model of education? Education In The North. ISSN 0424-5512. 28(3), p. 204–221. doi: 10.26203/9dvz-5f97.
  • White, Mark Christopher; Maher, Bridget & Rowan, Brian (2021). Common Core-Related Shifts in English Language Arts Teaching from 2010 to 2018: A Video Study. The Elementary school journal. ISSN 0013-5984.
  • Rowan, Brian; Maher, Bridget & White, Mark (2020). The Use of Video Data in Reading Research. In Moje, Elizabeth Birr; Afflerbach, Peter P; Enciso, Patricia & Lesaux, Nonie K (Ed.), Handbook of Reading Research, Volume V. Taylor & Francis Group. ISSN 9781315676302. Full text in Research Archive

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  • White, Mark Christopher & Klette, Kirsti (2021). Rater Error In Standardized Observations of Teaching: Challenges from Latently Continuous Dimensions.
  • White, Mark Christopher (2021). Moving from Institutional Practices to Challenging the Robustness of Conclusions: The Case of Rater Error.
  • White, Mark Christopher (2021). Aligning Considerations of Rater Error in Rater-Mediated Assessments with Modern Validity Theory: A Case Study using Global Teaching Insights .
  • White, Mark Christopher; Luoto, Jennifer Maria; Blikstad-Balas, Marte & Klette, Kirsti (2021). Bringing the Theory and Measurement of Teaching into Alignment.
  • White, Mark Christopher; Maher, Bridget & Rowan, Brian (2020). Using Observation Instruments to Understand Change in Teaching Quality Over Time.

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