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Comparison of student perception and performance in individual and group assessments in practical classes

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This paper focuses on the perception of undergraduate geography and environmental science students of individual and group assessments, and compares this perception with their performance in these assessment types in practical classes. Results show that students may instinctively prefer individual assessment but they perform best, and achieve greatest perceived development of key skills, in group assessments. This paper suggests that a combination of individual and group assessment (linked to learning outcomes) can most effectively be used in the delivery, practice and testing of key skills. More innovative group tasks and clearer marking criteria will help develop the role of group work in practical classes.

Keywords: Skills development; assessment methos; group work; perception; practical classes

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography Loughborough University UK

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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