CTEVirginia Commonwealth UniversityCenter for Teaching ExcellenceCTE
CTE HomeAbout the CTEProgramsWorkshopsResourcesWhat's New
Bookmark This Site CTE Site Map Printer Friendly Text Size:SmallNormalLargeExtra Large


Techniques for Assessing
Learner Attitudes, Values, and Self-Awareness

Assessing Students' Awareness of their Attitudes and Values


  1. CLASSROOM OPINION POLLS - instructor reviews lesson plan and gathers up questions or interesting points that the students would express opinion about on that certain subject. Formulate a Poll of a few questions and then tally up the results to discuss how the students react.

  2. DOUBLE-ENTRY JOURNALS - students read an assigned text and record in their first journal entry the main ideas, arguments and/or most controversial points. In their second entry the students express the values of the passage and explain the personal significance (i.e. interests, concerns, and values).

  3. PROFILES OF ADMIRABLE INDIVIDUALS - have students write a brief, focused profile of an individual in a field related to course material whom they greatly admire their values, skills, or actions.

  4. EVERYDAY ETHICAL DILEMMAS - instructor decides on a controversial issue and creates a dilemma that includes two or three questions that students must take position on. Students write up anonymous/individual responses (at home or in class) and finally discuss the issue (with the entire class or in small groups).

  5. COURSE-RELATED SELF-CONFIDENCE SURVEYS - instructor coordinates a few simple questions into a survey to help get a measure of the students' self-confidence in a specific skill or ability that is new, unfamiliar, or familiar but failed to learn previously.

Back to CAT home


Virginia Commonwealth University | Center for Teaching Excellence
Last modified: June 20, 2013
Contact webmaster
  Academic Learning Commons
1000 Floyd Avenue, Suite 4102
Richmond, VA 23284
(804) 828-4470