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Teacher Educators Rethink Self-Assessment in Higher Education

A Guide for the Perplexed


Edited By Judith McVarish and Catherine Milne

This edited book provides readers with a guide for implementing self-assessment and self-evaluation that is based on a model implemented successfully in a diverse range of teacher education courses. Educators from disciplines as diverse as theater arts, early childhood, psychology, mathematics, and science education have adopted a model of self-assessment and self-evaluation that supports the individual ongoing assessment of learning throughout a course as well as the final synthesis of individual learning in the course. Self-assessment and self-evaluation are presented here as a means to help students and teachers reinvent the learning process as co-constructed, powered by evidence and agency in order to lift thinking beyond the mere attainment of an end-point grade; to help students own their learning in new ways they may not have experienced before; to think about teaching and learning that will carry them beyond their formal schooling years; and to value new questions as evidence of learning.
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Jason Blonstein has served as an Urban master Teacher in the Department of Teaching and Learning within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University for the past ten years. His 35-year career in the NYC public school system as a science teacher in three city high schools, as staff developer for the Alternative Schools and Programs, and as co-founder and Co-Director of Cascades High School, germinated and evolved his understanding of how self-assessment can empower students to realize their full potential as learners and leaders.

Dr. Cheryl J. Blonstein is the Director of Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in Pace University’s PsyD. program. In her Testing and Assessment classes at Pace University, Dr. Blonstein has applied self-evaluation strategies to her course regimen.

Judith McVarish is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at St. John’s University and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. For over three decades, Dr. McVarish has been in the ← 149 | 150 → mathematics education field, as a teacher, tutor, staff developer, and college professor. Publication and research concentration has been in the areas of urban teacher beliefs about obstacles to effective mathematics teaching, self-assessment across disciplines, and how to help children develop the capacity to pose problems as well as solve them. She is Director of In Addition: A St. John’s After School Mathematics Program and author of Where’s...

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