Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Research: Peer Assessment

Question: What do college students think of peer assessment?

Source: Kaufman, J., & Schunn, C. D. (2010). Students’ perceptions about peer assessment for writing: Their origin and impact on revision work. Instructional Science, 38.

Answer: “Examines the factors that influence university students’ resistance to online peer assessment. Two hundred fifty students from six universities participated in the study by completing a survey about online peer assessment. Finds that students were more positive about peer assessment if an instructor graded their work in addition to peers’. Also finds that students sometimes regard peer assessment as unfair, and often believe that peers are unqualified to assess their work.”

Comment: What does “peer assessment” mean? Students are grading other students’ papers? I’m agin’ it. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” Richard Beach et al. Research in the Teaching of English (November 2010), Internet. Note: The editors of RTE said that so much research was available they did not want to burden the paper edition of the journal with it, so they relegated their annotated reports on research to the Internet.

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