Minimising the heatedness of grades: A self-evaluation questionnaire identifying assignment preparation practices

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Bowker, N.
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Assessment standards
Self-assessment
Assignment preparation
Students
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2010
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Conference Paper
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Abstract
Some students have unrealistic expectations about the mark and grade their work deserves. Therefore, raising awareness of what is involved in assessment standards is necessary. This paper discusses a student-focused self-assessment questionnaire and the provision of immediate automated feedback upon assignment submission. The questionnaire gets students to rate their performance on a range of assignment preparation tasks. Questions are organised around various processes involved in assignment writing and preparation. The questionnaire begins with hours spent and effort used (0-100%) and moves to different stages of the reading, researching, and writing process, including types of sources used, note-taking styles, and writing plans to help organise thoughts. There are 17 questions involving 121 response options in total, with final questions focusing on the top three assignment preparation priorities for subsequent assignments. Results from two trimesters of an introductory psychology course indicate the questionnaire may be enhancing students? engagement in their assessment.
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Bowker, N. (2010). Minimising the heatedness of grades: A self-evaluation questionnaire identifying assignment preparation practices. In Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium, Wellington, New Zealand.
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