The self-assessment practices of Hong Kong secondary students: Findings with a new instrument

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Abstract

Self-assessment is a core skill that enables students to engage in self-regulated learning. The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of a Self-assessment Practice Scale and to depict the characteristics of self-assessment practices of Hong Kong secondary students using this newly developed instrument. A total of 6,125 students from 10 Hong Kong secondary schools completed the survey. Both Rasch and factor analyses revealed a two-dimension scale structure (i.e., Self-directed Feedback Seeking and Self-reflection). The two subscales demonstrated acceptable psychometric properties and suggestions for further improvement were proposed. The findings regarding self-assessment practices of secondary students indicated that, in general, students were quite used to engaging in self-reflection based on available feedback, but they were less disposed to taking the initiative to seek feedback on their own performance. Key demographic variables, e.g., gender and year level, played important roles in students’ self-assessment practices. Girls had significantly higher selfassessment measures on both scales than did boys. Junior students had higher measures on both scales than did their senior counterparts. Implications and directions for future research were discussed. Copyright © 2016 Journal of applied measurement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-353
JournalJournal of Applied Measurement
Volume17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Citation

Yan, Z. (2016). The self-assessment practices of Hong Kong secondary students: Findings with a new instrument. Journal of Applied Measurement, 17(3), 335-353.

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