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

Assessing Students' Self-awareness as Learners


  1. FOCUSED AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - instructor gears students to write a one to two page self portrait on a single successful learning experience, in which a student can write a well-focused analysis on that point in their life. This activity is the most effective at the beginning of the semester.

  2. INTEREST/KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS CHECKLISTS - brief teacher-made list that includes all the topics that will be taught in that course on one half and the level of skills or interests on the other, which is given to the students share their insight. This gives the instructor (who has a flexible syllabi) a way of approaching the topics and the approximate amount of time need for each.

  3. GOAL RANKING AND MATCHING - use on the 1st or 2nd day of class, have students list a few learning goals that they hope to achieve through the course, and rank them in order of importance. Instructor should collect to get an idea of how they compare to the instructor's own goals.

  4. SELF-ASSESSMENT OF WAYS OF LEARNING - instructor focuses on learning style(s) in which he/she would like to stress upon the students. Instructor creates a profile for the different types of learners followed by a couple questions. This way students and the instructor can get an idea of how they learn, along with the techniques the instructor should use to help address those learners.

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