Enquiry-based learning and formative assessment environments: student perspectives

Sambell, Kay (2010) Enquiry-based learning and formative assessment environments: student perspectives. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 4 (1). pp. 52-61.

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Abstract

This paper outlines case study research into first-year students’ experiences of enquiry-based learning (EBL) on a year-long introductory theory module. Students were supported to carry out a series of authentic small-scale enquiries involving: working in research teams; gathering, disseminating and analysing data from the field; sharing their interim findings as ‘work-in-progress’ reports; and becoming involved in peer communities via a student conference. Semi-structured interviews investigated students’ experiences of EBL and its relationship to formative assessment environments. The paper reports the findings under key themes, with illustrative quotations. It illuminates the relationship between EBL and the students’ shifting ideas about studentship in the early stages of their university careers. Conceptual links between EBL as ‘research-based teaching’ and the literature on ‘assessment for learning’ are highlighted, together with implications for practice development.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Practitioner Research in Higher Education
Publisher: UniPress
ISSN: 1755-1382
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education > Non-Initial Teacher Education
Pre 2016 Departments: Services > Academic Quality & Development > CDEPP
Additional Information: Kay Sambell is Visiting Professor at the University of Cumbria.
Depositing User: Linda Shore
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 09:54
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2017 17:21
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1338

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