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The learner’s role in assessing higher level abilities

Cowan, John; Cherry, Diane


John Cowan

Diane Cherry


This paper responds to the vision of a new assessment culture, which will be a meaningful integration of teaching, learning and assessment. It reviews the advice in the literature about assessment, and from there identifies principles for the assessment of the development of higher level abilities in various domains. It envisages the student as an active participant in the development of criteria and standards, and their consequent use in the making of judgements. The suggested principles are tested out on a recent conventional experience that brought the writers together as tutor and student, and on their subsequently proposed generic model.


Cowan, J., & Cherry, D. (2012). The learner’s role in assessing higher level abilities. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 6, 12-22

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2012
Publicly Available Date Dec 31, 2012
Print ISSN 1755-1382
Publisher University of Cumbria
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Pages 12-22
Keywords Learner’s role; assessment; higher level; integration; generic model.
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