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Assessment for learning environments: a student-centred perspective
  Liz McDowell and Say Sambell focus on the importance of assessment for learning. Rather than simply adding new assessment techniques to existing entrenched practices that are seen to encourage learner dependence on their teachers and assign learners a passive role in the assessment and learning process, the authors argue that, to be successful, changes towards assessment for learning have to be more comprehensive, focusing on the entire learning environment. Based on their work at the Centre for Excellence in Assessment in Learning at Northumbria University, they introduce six elements of a productive and positive assessment for learning environment designed to intentionally foster student autonomy in learning and learning for the longer term.

  • Date:

    30 July 2014

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  • Publisher

    Edinburgh University Press

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  • Library of Congress:

    LB2300 Higher Education

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    378 Higher education

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


McDowell, L., & Sambell, K. (2014). Assessment for learning environments: a student-centred perspective. In C. Kreber, . C. Anderson, N. Entwistle, & . J. McArthur (Eds.), Advances and innovations in university assessment and feedback, (56-72). Edinburgh University Press.



Student autonomy in learning, learning for the longer term

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