ERIC Number: ED254871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-8
Reference Count: 0
Peer Evaluation: A Case Study.
Weaver, Richard L., II
Acknowledging the value of peer evaluation in the classroom, this paper describes the peer evaluation system used in a basic speech communication course at an Ohio university. The first section of the paper defines peer evaluation and describes the situation at the university to provide some understanding of the context in which the system was implemented. The second section provides three major reasons for instituting a peer evaluation system, while the third explains the process of peer evaluation and specifies the criteria used in evaluation, how the students were trained, and how standards for evaluation were kept high. The fourth section discusses objections to peer evaluation that frequently occur, and the fifth examines six important results of peer evaluation: (l) a widening of horizons, (2) an introduction to the joys and dangers of generalizing, (3) the development of skill in avoiding hyperbolic and authoritarian assertions, (4) the reconciliation of the emotional with the rational, (5) the development of a sense of responsibility, and (6) an increased ability to assimilate information. A summary section notes the strong relationship between peer evaluation and active education, and the important functions peer evaluation serves in a basic communication course. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Basic Course Directors' Conference (Indianapolis, IN, February 8, 1985).