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Critical Reflection: An Introduction to Student-Involved Assessment for Learning

This critical reflection should highlight your thoughts on Stiggins text Part 1. Share your reactions to key components you identify in the readings. How do they connect to your current assessment practices and ideas you might want to implement?

Stiggins, R. (2008). An introduction to student-involved assessment for learning. Fifth Edition. Upper Saddle River,
New Jersey: Pearson- Merrill Prentice Hall.

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Stiggins Chapter One: Analysis

In Stiggins' first chapter, it is evident that fear is missing. Although most quizzes, exams and tests are usually associated with high levels of fear and anxiety and other assessment, the chapter is almost devoid of this emotion. Instructors even despise marking or grading tests, in the way students loathe taking them , not to mention getting their grades, and if they actually fail. For example, Stiggins speaks of Emily, the high school student who is very aware and extremely confident in her abilities to evaluate hers and others 'writing skills. In the first chapter, Stiggins embarks on pointing out the weaknesses in writing, and purports, the first step towards a goal improvement is first acknowledging that there is room for improvement (Stiggins, 2008).

Akin to drug addicts- acknowledging there is a problem is the first and a necessary step towards improvement. Stiggins stays adamant that truth or confession about anything must first be told and acknowledged. That it serves no purposeful good if we avoid and deny the truth. If we do, there will never be room for improvement. Also, Stiggins believes accurate assessment is integral and a driving factor in identifying the true abilities, capacities, and reality of students. In this section Stiggins also asserts that even with accuracy, the student has to be fully involved in the process as well, before the complete and optimum power of such assessment can be realized. Therefore, it is almost redundant if the student is not involved in the process. Stiigins reminds that contrary to perceptions and roles that have been established over the years in the classroom, the students are in fact key or major' and the most important players and ...

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An introduction to student-involved assessment for learning is examined.