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Assessment Strategies for Self-Directed Learning

Assessment Strategies for Self-Directed Learning

  • Arthur L. Costa - Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, Institute for Intelligent Behavior, Co-founder
  • Bena Kallick - Vice President, Professional Development Services, Performance Pathways

December 2003 | 192 pages | Corwin

Are we preparing students for a life of tests or for the tests of life?

Educators agree that the characteristics of self-directed learners are traits that students will need to succeed in school and in life. Accurately assessing the skills and behaviors of self-directed learning is essential in developing life-long, self-initiated learning habits.  

Assessment Strategies for Self-Directed Learning
provides successful methods for assessing students' progress towards becoming self-managing, self-monitoring, and self-modifying learners. Using practical examples drawn from a variety of classrooms and schools, renowned authors Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick present educators with strategies for designing diverse ways of gathering, organizing, and reporting evidence of continual learning. 

This hands-on book provides the practical tools that educators need to implement these ideas, including:

  • Classroom activities
  • Sample rubrics
  • Forms, portfolios, questions, and checklists
  • Examples of student work

Assessment Strategies for Self-Directed Learning offers a more balanced and complete evaluation method that includes classroom-based assessments that complement state-based assessments. Authors Costa and Kallick illustrate the means to develop and cultivate the intellectual dispositions of self-evaluation and self-correction in all students.


Series Editors' Introduction
About the Author
1. Why We Need Self-Directed Learners
2. The Intellectual Dispositions of Self-Directed Learners
3. Developing the Capacity for Self-Assessment
4. Assessing the Conditions for Self-Directed Learning
5. The Teacher's Role in Self-Directed Learning
6. Adapting the Assessment Strategies for Your School and Classroom
Resource A: Some Quotes About Self-Direction
Resource B: Selected Resources to Support Self-Directed Learning

"How much do students really love to learn, to persist, to passionately attach a problem or a task? watch some of their prized ideas explode and to start anew? go beyond being merely dutiful or long-winded? Let us assess such things."

Grant Wiggins
Grant Wiggins & Associates

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