Does student engagement in self-assessment calibrate their judgement over time?

Boud, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6883-2722, Lawson, Romy and Thompson, Darrall G. (2013) Does student engagement in self-assessment calibrate their judgement over time? Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 38 (8). pp. 941-956. ISSN 0260-2938 (doi:10.1080/02602938.2013.769198)

Abstract

One of the implicit aims of higher education is to enable students to become better judges of their own work. This paper examines whether students who voluntarily engage in self-assessment improve in their capacity to make those judgements. The study utilises data from a web-based marking system that provides students with the opportunity to assess themselves on each criterion for each assessment task throughout a programme of study. Student marks were compared with those from tutors to plot changes over time. The findings suggest that overall students judgements do converge with those of tutors, but that there is considerable variation across achievement levels, with weaker students showing little improvement. Whilst the study is limited by the exigencies of voluntary participation and thus consequential gaps in the data set, it shows how judgement over time can be demonstrated and points to the potential for more systematic interventions to improve students judgements. It also illustrates the use of the web-based marking and feedback software (ReView) that has considerable utility in aiding self-assessment research.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 21393
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Depositing User: Louis Van Baelen
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 14:40
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2019 16:22
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21393

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