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|Title:||Assessing for Learning in the Crucial First Year of University Study in the Sciences||Contributor(s):||Quinn, Frances (author)||Publication Date:||2005||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2818||Abstract:||Student diversity is becoming increasingly characteristic of first-year classes and is one of the imperatives for more innovative assessment in tertiary education (James, McInnis, and Devlin, 2(02). Among first-year students there is variation in age, enrollment type (on or off campus), and language background, and growing numbers of first-year students are juggling part-time paid employment with full-time study (McInnes, James, and Hartley, 2000). Numerous first-year students at some Australian universities are from socioeconomically disadvantaged environments, and may be hampered by previous systemic educational disadvantage; dependent, passive learning habits; and the lack of 'cultural capital' described by Muldoon (see Chapter 7). Many science students in this era of mass tertiary education do not have intrinsic interest in science 'for its own sake' (Laws, 1996, p. 25). This has clear implications for student motivation, especially in first-year science classes. These are often 'service classes', that is, large, compulsory, introductory classes prerequisite to later more specialized areas of study, and therefore potentially of low perceived relevance to students' aspirations or interests. Increasingly, in Australia (Niland, 1998) and the United Kingdom (Dunbar, 1995), students are entering science programs having taken less-intensive, generalist science options in secondary school. These aspects of student diversity are central to the issue of assessment in first year, as relative youth, time pressures, lack of intrinsic interest, and limited background knowledge are frequently associated with ineffective reproductive orientations to learning, which may either be entrenched or challenged by assessment choices in first year.||Publication Type:||Book Chapter||Source of Publication:||Teaching in the Sciences: Learner-Centered Approaches, p. 177-197||Publisher:||The Haworth Press||Place of Publication:||Binghamton, United States of America||ISBN:||1560222646||Field of Research (FOR):||130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation||HERDC Category Description:||B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book||Other Links:||http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/10990015||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 70
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