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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 226-229

Impact of self-assessment by students on their learning


1 Department of Physiology, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, Punjab, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, Punjab, India
3 Department of Pediatrics, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, Punjab, India

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Rajeev Sharma
Department of Physiology, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.186961

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Context: Tutor assessment is sometimes also considered as an exercise of power by the assessor over assesses. Student self-assessment is the process by which the students gather information about and reflect on their own learning and is considered to be a very important component of learning. Aim: The primary objective of this study was to analyze the impact of self-assessment by undergraduate medical students on their subsequent academic performance. The secondary objective was to obtain the perception of students and faculty about self-assessment as a tool for enhanced learning. Materials and Methods: The study was based on the evaluation of two theory tests consisting of both essay type and short answer questions, administered to students of the 1st year MBBS (n = 89). They self-assessed their performance after 3 days of the first test followed by marking of faculty and feedback. Then, a nonidentical theory test on the same topic with the same difficulty level was conducted after 7 days and assessed by the teachers. The feedback about the perception of students and faculty about this intervention was obtained. Results: Significant improvement in the academic performance after the process of self-assessment was observed (P < 0.001). There was a significantly positive correlation between student and teacher marking (r = 0.79). Both students and faculty perceived it to be helpful for developing self-directed learning skills. Conclusions: Self-assessment can increase the interest and motivation level of students for the subjects leading to enhanced learning and better academic performance, helping them in development of critical skills for analysis of their own work.


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