Arviointimaa/Reflection Landscape: A Personal Growth Map


📝 Written by Lasse Eronen

📷 Photo © Eero Karvonen

Arviointimaa (”Reflection Landscape”) is an illustrated map that is set in an imaginary world. The map can be used to learn and develop self-assessment and peer assessment skills. People need practice in order to enhance their ability to assess their own learning achievements and skills. Hence, we have developed a tool for formative assessment that can be used to practice and develop assessment skills. Reflection Landscape can be used both in everyday learning situations and prearranged assessment sessions to practice the assessment of study skills, behaviour and learning, allowing pupils or students to improve their selfassessment skills. Reflection Landscape is a tool that is suitable for learners of all ages, from primary school aged children to adults, and it can be used with the entire class, in smaller groups, in pairs or independently.

Pupils wondering at the locations in Reflection Landscape. Photo © University of Eastern Finland

Reflection Landscape can assist children in developing their self-assessment skills. During the early years of primary education, pupils’ self-assessment skills are usually at a reflection stage, where children monitor their own emotions and actions and practice expressing themselves verbally. Practicing these skills activates the self-assessment process in learners while they develop their assessment skills in general. Children need time and practice to learn how to monitor their own actions. The teacher’s guidance and interaction with the class play a key role in the development of assessment skills.

Reflection Landscape, as a physical product and a software service. Animation © Eero Karvonen

Reflection Landscape has been designed to meet the objectives of the Finnish national curriculum. It is an encouraging, learner-centred tool that focuses on the individual strengths of each pupil. The core benefits of Reflection Landscape are that learners become more aware of their learning goals, learn to take responsibility for their own learning processes and develop their self-assessment skills.

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