Botany 431 - Physiological Plant Ecology
The assessment of different aspects of your work will be done by a variety of
individuals. They include:
This may require you to develop skills that you may not have needed before or
to make explicit things that you have previously done implicitly. For example,
when you search out information in the library what is your approach? You
probably have developed a routine but have you examined it?
- your instructor.
- your peers in your small group.
What is self-assessment?
Self assessment is the involvement of students in:
Self assessment does not mean that you will work in isolation. It is a way for you
to become involved in assessing your own performance, it is also a supplement
to my assessment of your work. This means there must be some characteristics
of a good piece of work. If you are only following my outline on what is good and
bad you are only carrying out self-marking or self-testing. The real aim here is
for you to become involved in defining what is a good piece of work for you in
any given situation.
- identifying standards and/or criteria to apply to their work and
- making judgements about the extent to which they have met those criteria
Why are we introducing self-assessment?
To allow you to develop the necessary skills to:
To allow effective learning by letting you:
- develop skills in self-assessment to meet your future learning needs.
- monitor your performance without constant reference to fellow
- take full responsibility for your actions and judgements.
- develop the capability to monitor what you are doing and modify your
learning strategy accordingly.
- influence your own learning rather than waiting for others to do so.
How will the Information be Used?
Initially, until you are comfortable with the process, your assessment of your own
work will only be shared with me. I will discuss your conclusions and any future
strategies with you only. In later work you will have to think about how to
incorporate your assessment of your own work into a peer evaluation of how
your groups have worked.
You will be asked to give a mark to your own work. It will be compared with my
evaluation. A mark will only be awarded when we are within 10% of each other's
assessment, outside that range we will discuss the difference. Within that range
the student mark will count.
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