The Essay as a Tool for Motivation and Assessment of Students (Future Teachers in Biology)

K. YOTOVSKA and А. ASENOVA
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Methodology of Biology Teaching, Faculty of Biology, BG – 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria

Abstract

Yotovska, K.  and А. Asenova, 2013. The essay as a tool for motivation and assessment of students (future teachers in biology). Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., Supplement 2, 19: 293–296

 

The essay as a literary form is released of the restrictions of genre frames. It gives a possibility for reasoning on the causal relationships, and life and science examples, comparison and/or opposition to the facts, signs, events, thoughts of famous people. The essay express the personal opinion, own idea and perspective on a chosen topic. Writing the essay presents the student in greatest degree as an author who has a cognitive and affective style. The application of skills to create an essay in the College and University allows diagnostic of students’ creativity. In this article we describe the application of the essay at the University as a specific way of thinking and attitudes, as well as a tool for motivation and evaluation of students from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” who are future teachers in biology. Another center in the article is a study of student attitudes pro and cons essay as a form of assessment. As an application to the article put out tools – a map with the evaluation criteria and scale for assessing student’s essays. Clear regulation in the evaluation of the card allows students to self-assessment as they compare to the relevant criteria.

Key words: essay questions, students assessment, technology

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