Promoting learning and achievement through self-assessment

Self-assessment is a matter of pupils getting useful feedback from themselves, for themselves, says Heidi Andrade

RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT FEEDBACK can promote learning and achievement, yet most pupils typically get little constructive criticism on their works-in-progress. This scarcity of feedback is due, in large part, to the fact that few teachers have the luxury of regularly responding to each pupil’s work. Fortunately, research also shows that pupils themselves can be useful sources of feedback by thinking about the quality of their own work rather than relying on their teacher as the sole source of evaluative judgments.

What we know
● Self-assessment involves pupils in thinking about the quality of their own work, rather than relying on their teachers as the sole source of feedback.
● Studies have shown that teaching pupils to reflect on the quality of their work, judge the degree to which it reflects explicitly stated criteria, and revise, is associated with meaningful improvements in their grades.

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June 2011