Improving Learning through Student-involved Assessment

By Alice Chow.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The current emphasis on formative assessment in many parts of the world, especially in cultures characterized by a strong tradition of didactic, teacher-centred and examination driven pedagogy, entails radical and complex changes in teachers’ existing assessment practices. It calls for a significant move away from memorization of detailed information by the learner to the development, in the learner, capacity for self-regulated and life-long learning. Involving students in the process of classroom assessment promotes student autonomy, requires role transformation in which students become partners in the co-construction of learning and achievement goals, and enables students to take charge of their learning. This paper reports on an assessment project undertaken by a group of language teachers in Hong Kong to improve learning and teaching through involving students in the process of assessment. Data were collected through teacher interviews, student focus group interviews and participant observation. The findings of the project highlight the impact of the student-involved assessment (SIA) strategies on closing achievement gaps and the interplay of metacognitive knowledge, SIA strategies and associated enabling activities. They also point out the challenges involved in introducing SIA in an examination-oriented culture.

Keywords: Student-involved Assessment, Assessment for Learning, Self-regulated Learning, Metacognition

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp.87-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.259MB).

Dr. Alice Chow

Associate Professor, English Department, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Tai Po, Hong Kong

Alice Chow is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Before joining the Institute, she had served as a secondary school teacher and a school inspector. Her research interests are in English language education, and teachers’ professional learning and development. Her recent publications include 1) Learning study as a form of collaborative teacher action research. Curriculum Perspectives. 29(3), p.33-45, 2009; 2) Developing teacher self-regulation through learning- oriented feedback in teaching practice assessment. In A. Selkirk and M. Tichenor (Eds.)2009, Teacher Education: Policy, Practice and Research. p.331-338. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 3) Task-based assessment. In A. Ma (Eds.)2008, Practical Guide to Task-based Curriculum Planning and Assessment. p.102-127. Hong Kong: City University Press; 4) Communicating feedback in teaching practice supervision in a Learning-oriented Field Experience Assessment Framework. Teaching and Teacher Education, 23(7), 1066-1085, 2007.

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