What is it about?

This paper is about using self-assessment for language teaching and learning. In particular, I focus on how one student came to abuse the system by giving himself a much higher grade than he truly deserved, and how this became a positive learning experience both for me and the student in question.

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Why is it important?

This is a detailed account of practitioner-based inquiry, and the themes it discusses are autonomy, motivation, identity and ethics, as well as the central issue of self-assessment.


I think this paper would be of interest to anyone wishing to apply self-assessment to their own classes, and people who are interested in practitioner accounts of how they negotiated assessments with students and overcame difficulties.

Dr Richard S. Pinner
Sophia University

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This page is a summary of: Trouble in paradise: Self-assessment and the Tao, Language Teaching Research, December 2014, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1362168814562015.
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