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Developing the ability for making evaluative judgements

Cowan, John


John Cowan


It is suggested that a more specific emphasis should be placed in undergraduate education on the explicit development of the ability to make evaluative judgements. This higher level cognitive ability is highlighted as the foundation for much sound and successful personal and professional development throughout education, and in lifelong development. Yet it seldom seems to receive the explicit attention which is given in curricula in higher education to analysis and creativity. The paper includes several examples of activities which have been used and judged effective in developing the ability to make evaluative judgements, often at an early stage in undergraduate courses.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2010-06
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2012
Print ISSN 1356-2517
Electronic ISSN 1470-1294
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 3
Pages 323-334
Keywords evaluative judgement; personal development; self-assessment; peer assessment; lifelong learning
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