July 28, 2016 12:50 - 14:20

Perception and Acceptance of Peer Assessment by Students

[Speaker] Graf, Peter:1
[Co-author] Rawn, Catherine:1, Fergusson, Janel:1, Crease-lark, Michelle:1
1:University of British Columbia (Canada)

Peer assessment, the assessment of student work by other students, is a method for achieving several desirable outcomes such as enhanced engagement in learning and increased proficiency in the skills required for the critical analysis and evaluation of written work. To achieve such benefits, students need training and must trust the evaluative feedback provided by peers. We have developed a questionnaire for assessing student's perception and acceptance of peer assessment. The questionnaire loads on three factors: Confidence in peers' assessment skills; confidence in own assessment skills; appropriateness of peer assessments in university courses. We administered the questionnaire to several hundred students both before and after they completed an online course designed for teach them how to make a valid assessment of a peer essay. The results highlight the predictive validity of the questionnaire and underscore the malleability of students' perception and acceptance of peer assessment methods.
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