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‘Just enough to make you take it seriously’: exploring students’ attitudes towards peer assessment

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Show simple item record McGarr, Oliver Clifford, Amanda M. 2015-11-04T10:20:48Z 2015-11-04T10:20:48Z 2013
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The use of peer learning and peer assessment has gained increasing interest in higher education driven by both its educational value and by its ability to provide students with the opportunity to develop important transferrable skills. This paper reports on the use of peer learning and peer assessment with a cohort of four-year undergraduate physiotherapy students and an eighteen month taught post-graduate teacher education programme. The study observed the students’ engagement in the process, surveyed their opinions on the activity at the end of the experience and conducted one focus group discussion with a subset of students from each cohort. The study found that the vast majority of respondents felt that the experience was valuable and enjoyable. However, when asked to indicate whether it was a fairer method of assessment there were more varied responses. Similarly when asked whether their peers should have a greater say in their overall grade the majority disagreed. Views on the educational value of the experience appeared to differ between the two cohorts of students. The study highlights the influence of a prevailing assessment cultures on students’ engagement in peer learning which requires consideration when including such pedagogical approaches. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartofseries Higher Education;65 (6), pp. 677-693
dc.rights The original publication is available at en_US
dc.subject peer assessment en_US
dc.subject peer learning en_US
dc.title ‘Just enough to make you take it seriously’: exploring students’ attitudes towards peer assessment en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1442237

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