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ERIC Number: ED536980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-30
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Self Assessment and Student-Centred Learning
McDonald, Betty
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This paper seeks to show how self assessment facilitates student-centred learning (SCL) and fills a gap in the literature. Two groups of students were selected from a single class in a tertiary educational institution. The control group of 25 was selected randomly by the tossing of an unbiased coin (heads = control group). They were trained in the traditional manner (TCL) using mostly chalk and talk with numerous textbook examples for practice. The experimental group of 25 representing the remaining students in the selected class was trained using a SCL focus with emphasis on self assessment. Both groups were exposed to the Mathematical topic of "Piecewise Graphing." Their scores on ten compulsory identical textbook questions on the topic of "Piecewise Graphing" were compared. Comparison of the scores of students exposed to both approaches of learning showed that generally students of the experimental group outperformed their counterparts at all achievement levels (top, middle and bottom). Students of the experimental group were able to pin point their specific areas for improvement whilst those of the control group took no interest in determining ways for improvement. Because SCL places the learner at the centre of the learning process, giving him autonomy and responsibility for his own learning this research has added value to industry personnel. The emphasis on being customer focused in industry may have translated itself to being student focused in education. It is hoped that readers would use the ideas offered to improve their practice. A bibliography is included. (Contains 1 table.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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