Robert Prince is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement (CETAP), University of Cape Town. Robert coordinates the development of psychometrically sound tests in academic literacy, quantitative literacy, scientific reasoning and mathematics and is responsible for the development and research (reliability and validity) of these tests. The results of these tests can be used to augment information obtained from the school-leaving examination results. The tests attempt to facilitate the identification of educationally disadvantaged students who have the potential to succeed in higher education, given the appropriate academic support and curriculum structures to address their learning needs.
Robert’s role is to oversee the test development processes and to provide the research which enables a deeper understanding of the admissions (selection and placement) policies and teaching and learning environment in order to inform appropriate placement and curriculum development. This would lead to the admission and placement of a wider range of students, enabling them to succeed at higher education. One of Robert’s current research interests is the study and development of assessments and multimodal academic numeracy (quantitative literacy or mathematical literacy) practices in order to measure the academic preparedness of prospective higher education students for the academic literacies of higher education.