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Assessing Lifelong Learning in Work-Integrated Learning Reflections and Student Self-Assessments

Photo of Judene Pretti Photo of Bob Sproule Photo of David Drewery

Grant recipients:

Judene Pretti, Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (left)

Bob Sproule, School of Accounting and Finance (centre)

David Drewery, Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (right)

(Project timeline: May 2018-April 2019)

Description

Many programs in Canada aim to develop students into “lifelong learners”. Lifelong learners are those who engage in learning opportunities throughout their lives. Assessing lifelong learners’ characteristics is important to implementing activities that promote lifelong learning. Previous assessments of lifelong learning rely on students’ self-reports. The goal of this study is to advance a rubric that could be applied to students’ written reflections to assess lifelong learning. Reflections provide a “window” into students’ learning experiences and so present opportunity to assess lifelong learning. Advancing this rubric provides an innovative approach to the assessment of lifelong learning characteristics which have been previously tied to students’ deep learning.

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