5 common practices for developing student evaluative judgement


Extract from Issue#19 of Teaching Tuesdays@CSU

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Tai, J., Ajjawi, R., Boud, D., Dawson, P., & Panadero, E. (2017). Developing evaluative judgement: Enabling students to make decisions about the quality of work. Higher Education 1-15. doi:10.1007/s10734-017-0220-3


Evaluative judgement is the capability to make decisions about the quality of work of self and others.

Related to Question 15 in the SES, this 2017 paper examines assessment and feedback literature as well as human judgement literature to propose pedagogical practices for developing student evaluative skills. It encompasses some of the concepts of ‘dialogic feedback’ discussed in the Issue#18 of Teaching Tuesdays.

The authors identified five common practices that have ongoing potential for developing evaluative judgement in students:

  1. Self-assessment
  2. Peer assessment and peer review
  3. Feedback
  4. Rubrics
  5. Exemplars

These are practices that we use now in learning activities and assessment. The authors have identified sub-optimal strategies that are often used and have suggested potential improvements to each practice to facilitate the development of student evaluative judgement.