Knowledge Surveys

I came across an interesting piece on Knowledge Surveys from Edward Knuhfer and Dolores Knipp (linked above). They advocate the use of Knowledge Surveys as a tool in support of learning and instruction.These surveys consist of a series of questions – similar to a set of exam questions – but the difference is that the learner is asked not to answer the question but to rate their own ability to respond. For example – consider the following questions: Q1 Describe three characteristics of an constructivist theory of learning? Q2 Compare constructivism with social constructivism? Q3 Outline practical applications of a behaviorist approach to learning? Now, in a traditional assessment the student would be asked to write short essays on the above. With a knowledge survey the student is asked to rate their level of knowledge as: A – I feel confident that I could answer this question B – I know about 50% of what may be involved and perhaps if I went away for twenty minutes I could find the missing information C – I am not confident that I would be able to answer this question at all Do you get the gist? The knowledge survey gauges a Read More …