Creating a Vital Campus in a Climate of Restricted Resources: Role of Student Self-Reflection and Self-Assessment

Marie Eaton and Kathleen O’Brien (2004)

This article describes methods and purposes of self-reflection and more formal self-assessment.

Assessment of student learning is essential to document and promote effective and efficient methods of learning and teaching. Student self-assessment is part of a dialogue between faculty and student to mutually shape learning goals. When faculty use journals or other reflective pedagogical methods, critical feedback is essential to help students use these exercises to deepen reflection. Focused questions can help build reflective thinking, helping students foster deeper connections between the text, the experiences, and their lives.