The implementation of peer assessment: An action research approach

Atara SIVAN*

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This paper examines the process of implementing peer assessment in higher education. In order to discover the aspects by which the method could be utilised to its full potential, it has been tried out among diverse types of students using an action research approach. The paper depicts the way the method was introduced and portrays students' reactions. It demonstrates the contribution of previous exposure to peer assessment, of a good preparation process and of student involvement in criteria setting to building up student confidence in using the method. It further shows how student involvement in establishing the assessment criteria contributes to their learning process. Based on the results of the action research, the paper recommends introducing peer assessment into the curriculum gradually and in a consistent way while involving students in the process of criteria setting and making the method relevant to student learning and future careers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-213
Number of pages21
JournalAssessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2000

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  • Education


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