Just as students need to learn how to conduct peer reviews effectively, they need practice and training in carrying out self-evaluations if the process is to be worthwhile.
Consider Betty Bamberg's summary of a study conducted by Richard Beach.
By seeing where you're having problems, they may be able to offer more helpful advice when So after you finish your next composition, try writing a concise self-evaluation.
The following four questions should help you get started, but feel free to add comments not covered by these questions.
Some of my pieces were started only a few days before the assignment was due, and I wished I had had more time to edit and proofread.
I have gained many insights I have gained about descriptive and narrative writing over this course.The one that I will take the most away from the course is my realization of my own tone and voice that I possess in my pieces and how to apply them in a narrative.I have also learned how to develop a tone and voice for others when I am writing a piece from the perspective of them.Moreover, students who used the self-evaluation guides engaged in no more revising than those who were asked to revise on their own without any assistance.Beach concluded the self-evaluation forms were ineffective because students had received little instruction in self-assessment and were not used to detaching themselves critically from their writing.A good self-evaluation is neither a defense nor an apology.Rather, it's a way of becoming more aware of what you go through when you write and of what troubles (if any) that you regularly run into.In a study specifically designed to investigate the effect of teacher comment and self-evaluation on revision, Beach ["The Effects of Between-Draft Teacher Evaluation Versus Student Self-Evaluation on High School Students' Revising of Rough Drafts" in , 13 (2), 1979] compared students who used a self-evaluation guide to revise drafts, received teacher responses to drafts, or were told to revise on their own.After analyzing the amount and kind of revision that resulted with each of these instructional strategies, he found that students who received teacher evaluation showed a greater degree of change, higher fluency, and more support in their final drafts than students who used the self-evaluation forms.When his quarterly performance review with his manager comes around, he’s confident that his work will speak for itself.His manager’s review is not the only performance evaluator, though.