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Carolin Kreber, Charles Anderson, Noel Entwhistle, and Jan McArthur

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694549

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694549.001.0001

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Perceptions of Assessment and their Influences on Learning

Perceptions of Assessment and their Influences on Learning

(p.75) 4 Perceptions of Assessment and their Influences on Learning
Advances and Innovations in University Assessment and Feedback

Noel Entwistle

Evangelia Karagiannopoulou

Edinburgh University Press

Noel Entwistle and Evangelia Karagiannopoulou trace the development of ideas about students’ perceptions of teaching and assessment and the effects these have been found to have on their approaches to learning and studying. The authors report a series of studies that show substantial differences among students in their perceptions of the same assessment process, and also explore more general relationships which indicate how perceptions influence the extent to which students adopt deep or surface approaches that often lead to qualitative differences in levels of attainment. The final sections look in more detail at students’ individual reactions to an open-book exam, drawing attention to how the assessment produced either angry reactions to a mismatch between tutors’ and students’ views about the purposes of assessment or the satisfaction that came from a ‘meeting of minds’.

Keywords:   Students’ perceptions of assessment, Approaches to learning, Purposes of assessment

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