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ERIC Number: EJ1135181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Using Writing Assignments with Calibrated Peer Review to Increase Engagement and Improve Learning in an Undergraduate Environmental Science Course
Ruggiero, Dana; Harbor, Jon
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v7 n2 Article 21 Jul 2013
Learning outcomes for introductory college-level science classes include content knowledge and a range of critical thinking and analysis skills. In this context, rich writing assignments that engage students in researching content, constructing arguments, and critiquing other students' work are highly desirable but unwieldy due to large enrollment. Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) is a web-based program that engages peers in writing and in reviewing each other's writing. The authors explored whether students saw CPR as simply a way to improve writing skills, or if they also thought the process had other educational benefits. The researchers gathered student perspectives using open-ended qualitative questionnaires. We report on the themes that emerged in these survey responses over two semesters, and examine some implications of the students' perspectives for future use of CPR in an introductory science course.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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