Published in volume 3 number 1, 27 March 2010


A rubric to self-assess and peer-assess mathematical problem solving tasks of college students

Gunawardena Egodawatte, University of Toronto (Canada)


Abstract. Student involvement in their own assessment can add reflection and metacognition to the learning process. Based on this idea, an assessment instrument was developed to self-assess college studentsí mathematical problem solving tasks. The main objective of this exercise is to improve student learning. The assessment instrument contains three items: student opinion questionnaire, an analytic evaluation rubric, and a self assessment schedule. Apeer assessment component was also included in the assessment process to gain more accuracy. The rubric will serve three main purposes. First, students can use the rubric as a learning tool. Second, it will serve as a teaching tool for teachers. Third, it can be used as an assessment tool. However, the whole purpose is to improve student learning rather than providing them with a letter grade.

Keywords: Assessment, self assessment, evaluation, rubrics, mathematical problem solving.


Received 17 February 2010, accepted 16 March 2010

Pages 75-88.         Download PDF


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