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ERIC Number: ED243122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 11
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Establishing Peer Evaluation of Writing: Students Need an Informed Teacher Model.
Collins, Jeffrey L.
Peer evaluation of writing, or conferencing, is a helping process in which the teacher or other students receive and respond to the writer's work. It promotes the writer's sense of ownership of the work and thus helps develop writing skills. A writing program that includes peer evaluation, then, is one that provides a setting in which the young writer can flourish. The key to the success of conferencing lies in the teacher's initial modelling of the process. This modelling requires great commitment to, and understanding of, the principles upon which conferencing and the entire writing program are based. The conferencing method is best implemented when the teacher or peers show respect for the writer's process and product. Conferencing helps develop the skills for receiving the author's work and reflecting on it so the writer can profit by the use of a sounding board--a real, responding audience. Furthermore, it encourages peers to respond as true readers would, thus helping them develop a sense of which parts to assist the writer in improving at the time. This process allows the writer to develop a communication sense in an accepting atmosphere. Therein lies the beauty of the conferencing method. Children learn to write by writing and by adjusting their perceptions of their writing with the aid of audience response. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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