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ERIC Number: EJ908445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Computer-Supported Peer Commenting: A Promising Instructional Method to Promote Skill Development in Vocational Education
Gavota, Monica Cristiana; Cattaneo, Alberto; Arn, Christoph; Boldrini, Elena; Motta, Elisa; Schneider, Daniel; Betrancourt, Mireille
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v62 n4 p495-511 Dec 2010
In vocational education, a challenging issue is to help apprentices build integrated knowledge from workplace training and school teaching. The present research proposes a learning design in which apprentices are required to write with a reciprocal peer-tutoring approach about situations they encountered in the workplace in order to help in building such articulation. Two studies were conducted in order to investigate the effect of peer-commenting learning designs that were elaborated in close collaboration with teachers, on the basis of both theoretical assumptions and field specificities. The findings showed that in both studies, apprentices were able to provide useful comments, corrections and revisions to their peers' entries and that the productions significantly improved as a result of these interventions. Furthermore, apprentices found the writing activity useful for learning and enjoyable. These studies provided insightful information regarding the implementation of computer-supported writing activities that can actually foster professional skill acquisition and development. Moreover, they illustrate a concrete learning design that could be adapted to any vocational education level and subject matter. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures, and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Switzerland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Writing Apprehension Test