Assessments and the self: Academic practice and character attributes


  • Stuart Hanscomb University of Glasgow



Academic practices and outputs, assessment, character attributes, qualitative methods


A case is made for the there being an important, but so far largely overlooked,relationship between a studentââ¬â¢s academic practices and outputs and character attributes such as open-mindedness, enthusiasm and perseverance. Even though there are very good reasons for believing this relationship exists, a need is identified for further research of a qualitative kind for generating awareness in students, teachers and academic support staff of its complex and significantly idiographic nature. Since any generalised, formalised or non-student-led application of these insights to teaching practice is inappropriate, such research, generating detailed case studies, would also serve as an appropriate means of inspiring this kind of reflection ââ¬â either directly in the student, or indirectly via increased teacher and learning development staff sensitivity to possibilities of these kinds of dialoguesoccurring. A brief example from my own teaching and research indicates the formand content of this research.

Author Biography

Stuart Hanscomb, University of Glasgow

University Teacher, School of Interdisciplinary Studies




How to Cite

Hanscomb, S. (2015) “Assessments and the self: Academic practice and character attributes”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (8). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.v0i8.228.