A systematic review on students’ perceptions of self-assessment: Usefulness and factors influencing implementation

Zi YAN, Ernesto PANADERO, Xiang WANG, Ying ZHAN

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Abstract

Students are the central agent in self-assessment; therefore, their perceptions are crucial for successful self-assessment. Despite the increasing number of empirical studies exploring how students perceive self-assessment, systematic reviews synthesising students’ perceptions of self-assessment and relating them to self-assessment implementation are scarce. This review covered 44 eligible studies and synthesised findings related to two key aspects of students’ perceptions of self-assessment: (1) usefulness of self-assessment; and (2) factors influencing their implementation of self-assessment. The results revealed inconclusive findings regarding students’ perceived usefulness of self-assessment. Although most studies reported a generally positive perception of self-assessment among students, some studies revealed students’ skepticism about its usefulness. Usefulness was influenced by specific individual factors (i.e., gender, age, and educational level) and instructional factors (i.e., external feedback, use of instruments, and self-assessment purpose). Additionally, implementation was influenced by specific individual factors (i.e., perceived usefulness, affective attitude, self-efficacy, important others, and psychological safety) and instructional factors (i.e., practice and training, external feedback, use of instruments, and environmental support). The findings of this review contribute to a better understanding of students’ perceptions of self-assessment and shed light on the design and implementation of meaningful self-assessment activities that cater to students’ learning needs. Copyright © 2023 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Article number81
JournalEducational Psychology Review
Volume35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

Citation

Yan, Z., Panadero, E., Wang, X., & Zhan, Y. (2023). A systematic review on students’ perceptions of self-assessment: Usefulness and factors influencing implementation. Educational Psychology Review, 35, Article 81. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10648-023-09799-1

Keywords

  • Self-assessment
  • Perception
  • Perceived usefulness
  • Implementation

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