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Whose responsibility is it? Encouraging student engagement in the learning process

Hood, Alison (2012) Whose responsibility is it? Encouraging student engagement in the learning process. Music Education Research, iFirst article. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1461-3808

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Abstract

This article presents the results of an action research project that focused on giving students more sense of control and responsibility over their own learning by engaging them more fully in assessment and helping them to understand the principles underpinning assessment criteria. The course is a second-year music module with approximately 85 students. I formed the class into groups to grade model answers and compiled a list of what they believed the assessment criteria should be based on this experience. I then used this list to compile a selfassessment criteria sheet, which the students filled out themselves and attached with each subsequent assessment. When I completed my analysis of data from the first cycle of action research, I implemented the learning from that cycle into a second and third cycle of action. This involved re-evaluating my initial plans in light of my findings; building on what was successful and changing what was not, and refocusing my research. The findings were significant, as their assessment results improved dramatically. Involving students throughout the assessment process, from initially setting the criteria right through to self-assessing their work, improved their grades, reduced student passivity and increased their selfconfidence.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Alison Hood (2012): Whose responsibility is it? Encouraging student engagement in the learning process, Music Education Research, DOI:10.1080/14613808.2012.703174. Music Education Research is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14613808.2012.703174.
Keywords: action research; self-assessment; group work; student learning; student confidence; deep learning;
Subjects: Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy > Music
Item ID: 3832
Depositing User: Dr Alison Hood
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2012 15:43
Journal or Publication Title: Music Education Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
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