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ERIC Number: ED567620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
In the Pen of the Author or Eye of the Beholder? A Measurement Framework for Understanding Peer Evaluation in Writing Assignments
Branum-Martin, Lee; Patchan, Melissa M.
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Peer learning is often used in classrooms to help and support knowledge and skill acquisition. One form of peer learning, peer assessment, involves the quantitative (i.e., peer ratings) or qualitative (i.e., peer feedback) evaluation of a learner's performance by another learner among students. While we might be concerned about the quality of the author's writing in the assignment, we might also be concerned about the quality of the evaluation given by peers. Importantly, the effectiveness of peer assessment could be diminished or obscured by how well peers can evaluate their classmates' work. In addition, instructional or intervention effects might also be affected by how well peer feedback is given and received. Each evaluation in such a design represents two sources of variability: that of the author and of the peer. A multilevel structural equation framework can clarify these sources of variability as well as other important questions. This presentation gives an example of how this modeling framework can clarify the substantive questions important to effective instruction and intervention in writing assignments, with implications for peer assessment designs more generally. Two figures are appended. [SREE documents are structured abstracts of SREE conference symposium, panel, and paper or poster submissions.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)