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What is the role of the student's self-evaluation in vocational education?

iVet 2013-2014 Vygotsky Team VOC 1, Session 3 16.10.2013

What is Self Assessment? In self assessment, an individual student or a student group assess its own work or actions. Can be used along with teacher assessments Can be guided by teacher’s instructions and templates for assessment criteria

• PRO + • Develops students’ own ability to evaluate their actions • Saves teachers’ time

• CON – • Students’ various level of criticality • Unfamiliar for students • Motivational biases

Examples of Different Self Assessments

What purpose?

A student joining French classes takes online-test to decide what level course she should join.

When? Diagnostic (before)

Formative (during)

Selective / Predictive Motivation

Summative (after) A trainee-footballer is sent to have a test period with a professional team and to evaluate his real level.

Guiding / Developing Control

As a mid-course exercise an engineer-student builds a model of bridge and notes what calculations he already can and what he yet cannot do.

The teacher-students writes an essay what learning she can apply in her work and what she still needs to learn more.

Self-assessment can be used to‌ reflect on topics students have studied measure skills they have learned find out their study habits awake students sense of their overall strengths and weaknesses motivate students evaluate students’ participation

Four Steps for Using Self Assessment 1. Involve students in defining the criteria that

will be used to judge their performance 2. Teach students how to apply the criteria to their own work. 3. Give students feedback on their self evaluations. 4. Help students develop productive goals and action plans.

Benefits of Self-evaluation promotes lifelong learning helps students develop the ability to make judgements students can become better learners encourages students to become independent learners can increase students' motivation

Padlet Task: Questions About Self-Evaluation

Please go to the address: Alexandra’s and Timo’s group: Tiina’s and Katja’s group: Virpi’s group:

There are studies that show how students can reflect on their own learning, but have often never been given the opportunity to do so. Here are some of the questions that can be asked: When you finish a study or a lesson, do you think whether you have really understood it? Do you think about the process of learning? Can you identify the strengths and weaknesses in the way you learn?

Most common perceptions of strengths and weaknesses. According to “Self Evaluation in the Global Classroom” study: Top strengths: ‘learning fast’ ‘understanding’ ‘making connections’

Top weaknesses: ‘laziness’ ‘difficulties in concentrating’ ‘managing time’

Difficulties in motivating students in self-evaluation? The student’s motivation is greatly influenced by: Interest


Social environment

The peers can provide the important sense of motivation and the discussion in the class can be an important way to learn about ‘learning for life’.

Teachers can pay greater attention to student’s individual development and talk about learning based on interest and how the student can do best.

Digital image, Clarion University.

Sources Peer and Self Assessment. Barral, R. Macbeath, J., Sugimine, H., (2003). Self-Evaluation in the Global Classroom. RoutledgeFalmer, New York. Chapter 18, Pages 183-202. Center for Development and Learning, Student self-evaluation: What reseach says and what practice shows, by Carol Rolheiser and John A. Ross

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