ERIC Number: ED415222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
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Improving Evaluation of Student Participation in Physical Education through Self-Assessment.
Gregait, Lucinda H.; Johnsen, Diane R.; Nielsen, Pamela S.
This report describes a program for implementing self-assessment to enhance performance and clarify evaluation of participation in Physical Education (PE) classes. Participants were fifth and seventh graders in middle class midwestern communities. Teachers in targeted PE classes displayed concerns about students' abilities to self-assess when evaluating class participation. Researchers surveyed teachers and students at the beginning of the semester and found that both groups believed student participation should be part of students' grades. Most students believed they should share in evaluating their participation. Teachers rarely incorporated student self-assessment in their classrooms, and students rarely practiced self-assessment in class. Strategies researchers developed to help students become involved in self-assessment included: understanding what was expected of them through checklists/rubrics; learning cooperatively; setting goals; and keeping journals. An 18-week intervention used the four strategies. Pre- and post-intervention assessment of student surveys, review of anecdotal notes and student journals, and monitoring of checklists/rubrics indicated a rise in the percentage of students who felt participation should be part of their PE grade. Results suggested that cooperative strategies were essential, participation checklists/rubrics increased students' understanding of teacher expectations, journals promoted reflection, and goal setting made students more focused. Six appendixes present the teacher and student surveys, participation checklist/rubric, sample student journal, prediction card, and student survey results. (Contains 9 figures, 2 tables, and 21 references). (SM)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Evaluation Methods, Grade 5, Grade 7, Intermediate Grades, Journal Writing, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Physical Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teamwork
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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