Capstone Project Title
Increasing Academic Achievement By Directly Instructing Self-assessment and Self-advocacy
Academic achievement is used by educators and schools to determine a students level of learning. Certain groups of students achieve more easily than others. The research for this project addresses the question: C an explicitly teaching self-assessment and self-advocacy increase academic achievement of students in sixth grade? Previous studies have suggested that students of color and those from low income backgrounds struggle more than other students. (Ladson-Billing 2006; Minnesota Department of Education, 2019; Reardon, 2013). To increase academic achievement, teachers must incorporate student centered instructional strategies. Two approaches that have been shown to increase student engagement in the classroom are Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Personalized Learning. The next factors in increasing academic achievement are self-assessment and self-advocacy. Several studies, including McMillan & Hearn (2009), Papanthymou & Darra (2019), and Stiggins, (2009), found that when students are able to self-assess their academic achievement increases. Self-assessment skills come from self-advocacy (i.e. the ability to communicate one's needs) (Stiggins, 2009). This project used the Understanding by Design Framework. The curriculum was created with the end goal of increasing academic achievement. The curriculum begins with a brief introduction to academic achievement. Then, it transitions to self-assessment where students have the opportunity to practice the skills in both group and individual settings. Next, students learn self-advocacy vocabulary to communicate their needs. Finally, the unit concludes with bridging the skills of self-assessment and self-advocacy.
Achievement, Self-assessment; Self-advocacy
Nelson, Kairsten, "Increasing Academic Achievement By Directly Instructing Self-assessment and Self-advocacy" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 573.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects