Improving a self-assessment tool to monitor generic skills development in an active learning environment

Afke Groen*, Patrick Bijsmans, J. Adriaensen

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Abstract

While typical academic skills such as research and writing are commonly monitored in Higher Education, generic skills such as teamwork, critical thinking or communication receive less attention. This is problematic in light of discussions on students’ further career development. It is often said that active learning environments facilitate the training of such skills. Having a tool to monitor skills progression is an important prerequisite to properly test such claims. At Maastricht University, we developed a self-assessment tool to raise awareness about skills required to take full advantage of the active learning environment, and to initiate self-reflection on the side of students. While the current tool achieves these objectives, it is less suited as an instrument for measuring skills development. In this article, we propose a re-developed self-assessment tool and test its merits through a quasi-experimental study. A group of sixty-two students was asked to complete both the old and new version of the tool. Students and mentors were subsequently asked to evaluate which score represents students’ skills level best. We evaluate if the new self-assessment tool provides a better insight into students’ generic skills development in an active learning environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-366
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Political Science
Volume19
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Generic skills
  • Portfolio
  • Problem-based learning
  • Self-reflection
  • Skills measurement
  • STUDENTS

Research Output

Monitoring Generic Skills Development in a Bachelor European Studies

Adriaensen, J., Bijsmans, P. & Groen, A., Feb 2019, In : Journal of Contemporary European Research. 15, 1, p. 110-127

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