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Supporting diverse students : developing learner autonomy via assessment

  This chapter focuses on two case studies in which lecturers aimed to use assessment as a pedagogic technique to foster learner autonomy. Analysis of the student viewpoint is used to highlight some of the issues that surround the use of assessment to develop autonomy as an outcome, particularly in the context of increasing student diversity. Formative and summative self-evaluation activities, and the closely related activity of peer-assessment or reciprocal peer feedback situations, are becoming increasingly common in higher education (Brown et al., 1997; Segers et al., 2003). Often this is because they are considered to be valuable activities that develop students’ abilities to become realistic judges of their own performance, enabling them to monitor their own learning effectively, rather than relying on their teachers to fulfil this role for them. As such, they are commonly regarded as important tools for learning, frequently linked to the notion of promoting, practising and developing autonomy (Boud, 1995; Hinett and Thomas, 1999; Knight and Yorke, 2003).

  • Type:

    Book Chapter

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    LB2300 Higher Education

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    378 Higher education

  • Funders:

    Northumbia University


Sambell, K., McDowell, L. & Sambell, A. (2005). Supporting diverse students : developing learner autonomy via assessment. In Bryan, C. & Clegg, K. (Eds.). Innovative assessment in higher education, 158-168. Taylor & Francis (Routledge). ISBN 9780415356428, 9780415356411



Assessment methods, student diversity, innovation, testing and measurement.

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