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Our Motivating Questions

Our particular interest is in the question of self-assessment and its relation to broader conversations about assessment at the College and beyond.  We are motivated by questions each of us has about responding to:

  • diversity of students
  • the tension we perceive between nurturing thinking and evaluating thinking
  • the difficulties grading poses to teaching and learning relationships
  • the artificiality of grading as compared with the work of problem-solving and leadership ("What does the professor want?")
  • the need to open students' minds to ways of working and valuing their work that go beyond standardized measures so potent in this era


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