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

Boud, David, 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.

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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 ID: 33357
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: self-assessment, judgement, student participation, learning, assessment software
ISSN: 1469-297X
Date Deposited: 25 May 2014 05:04
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 30%
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