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Self-assessment and Reflective Learning for First-year University Geography Students: A Simple Guide or Simply Misguided?

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A self-assessment schedule has been developed for first-year geography students at Curtin University of Technology. Its purpose is to guide students towards independent learning by encouraging them to reflect more on ‘what' and ‘how' they learn. Results of the 2003 and 2004 trials showed that the self-assessment schedule had a positive impact on student learning and was at least partially effective in improving students' critical thinking skills. It helped students to plan and organize their thoughts, describe the geographical characteristics related to their fieldwork exercise and indicated that students were generally positive about becoming more independent and reflective learners.
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Keywords: Self-assessment; critical thinking; first-year students; independent learning; reflective learning; report-writing guide

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Curtin University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Australia

Publication date: 2005-11-01

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