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Empowering students through reading diaries.

Schwan, Anne and Wasson, Sara-Patricia (2008) Empowering students through reading diaries. In: "Beyond the essay" : HEA English Subject Centre Conference, December 2008, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Assessment for Learning, Northumbria University, Newcastle.

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This presentation showcases an experiment on a level 3 undergraduate theory module, where reading diaries were introduced as a formal assessment method to help students deal more confidently with cultural and literary theory. In response to a high drop-out rate and instances of plagiarism on the module, we designed this new assessment method, based on research evidence that reading diaries achieve two things, namely that they empower students by enabling them to actively reflect on what it actually means to study theory, and nurture students’ confidence in their ability to engage with intimidating prose. Making the process and the difficulties of reading theory explicit facilitates a more self-assured encounter with and deeper understanding of the material.

A poster will provide an overview of the specific instructions students receive at the beginning of the module, together with sample reading diary entries and assessment criteria. Our presentation will also discuss examples from the first cohort that had to complete this assessment, and explain how it is designed to feed into other (more traditional) assessment components on this and a subsequent theory module, as well as preparing students for their final-year dissertation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Students; learning; teaching; assessment;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education > 378 Higher education
Library of Congress Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Item ID: 4525
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2011 15:04
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2011 15:04
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4525

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