Promoting learning and achievement through self-assessment

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

 RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT FEEDBACK can promote learning and achievement, yet most students 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 student’s work. Fortunately, research also shows that students 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 students 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 students 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