Assessment Strategies for Self-Directed Learning

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Corwin Press, 2004 - Education - 170 pages
Are we preparing students for a life of tests or for the tests of life?Educators agree that the characteristics of self-directed learners are traits that students will need to succeed in school and in life. Accurately assessing the skills and behaviors of self-directed learning is essential in developing life-long, self-initiated learning habits. Assessment Strategies for Self-Directed Learning provides successful methods for assessing students' progress towards becoming self-managing, self-monitoring, and self-modifying learners. Using practical examples drawn from a variety of classrooms and schools, renowned authors Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick present educators with strategies for designing diverse ways of gathering, organizing, and reporting evidence of continual learning. This hands-on book provides the practical tools that educators need to implement these ideas, including: Classroom activities Sample rubrics Forms, portfolios, questions, and checklists Examples of student work.


Chapter 1 Why We Need SelfDirected Learners
Chapter 2 The Intellectual Dispositions of SelfDirected Learners
Chapter 3 Developing the Capacity for SelfAssessment
Chapter 4 Assessing the Conditions for SelfDirected Learning
Chapter 5 The Teachers Role in SelfDirected Learning
Chapter 6 Adapting the Assessment Strategies for Your School and Classroom
Quotations About SelfDirected Learning
Selected Resources to Support SelfDirected Learning
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Arthur L. Costa, Ed.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Education at California State University, Sacramento. He is Co-Founder of the Institute for Habits of Mind and Co-founder of the Center for Cognitive Coaching. He served as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, and an assistant superintendent for instruction in the Office of the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools and as the director of educational programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has made presentations and conducted workshops in all 50 states as well as on six of the seven continents Active in many professional organizations, Art served as president of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and was the National President of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, from 1988 to 1989. He was the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Urban Alliance in 2010.

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