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The Importance Of Self-Assessment For Learning

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The statement which we will evaluate in this essay provokes the reader to use if self-assessment in their classrooms to help students to become lifelong learners. The question is how we as teachers bring self-assessment into our classrooms. To begin this section this we will look at the way in which teaching methods in post-primary education have developed since research into formative assessment outlined that student self-assessment was becoming a key part in the learning of students in post-primary schools. Formative assessments such as AFL have become key components in the classrooms of post-primary schools, ‘Sadler’s conditions as represented in these three questions frame what is called “Assessment for learning”-formative assessment practices…show more content…
Results have shown that students who are able to assess their own learning, understand where there learning is and take control of their learning learn invaluable life skills (Organisation for economic co-operation and development [OECD], 2005), ‘Students who are actively building their understanding of new concepts (rather than merely absorbing information) and who are learning to judge the quality of their own and their peers’ work against well-defined criteria are developing invaluable skills for lifelong learning.’ (Organisation for economic co-operation and development [OECD], 2005). By bringing self-assessment into the classroom teachers are helping their students to succeed. ‘Pupils who become skilled in self- assessment make impressive learning gains.’ (Abbott, Brooks & Huddleston, 2012, p. 126.). Self-assessment sparks better student learning as students are reflecting on their learning and are able to see more clearly their strengths and weaknesses. To become lifelong learners self-assessment is essential. Self-assessment in post-primary schools helps students learn to learn (Sebba et al., 2008). ‘For example the explicit goals of the self-assessment might include identifying specific areas for future improvement. If this is achieved it might be regarded as an important outcome relating to learning to learn.’ (Sebba et al., 2008). The relevance of the statement posed for this essay is timely as the Framework for Junior Cycle looks to prepare students for after school life, ‘In developing the capacity for self-management and self-awareness, students will approach their learning more confidently and will be better prepared to meet the challenges of life beyond school.’ (Department of Education and Skills,
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