Assessing Student Peer Review
Through peer review, your students will have the chance to evaluate each other's work
and to improve their own presentations. You may be wondering how to assess the peer review
process itself. It will probably be too cumbersome for you to keep track of all of the
comments that students provide to each other, so how can you be sure that the students
undertake peer review responsibly?
We suggest that you follow a stepwise
progression in peer review, building gradually to the level of responsibility
needed for anonymous peer review such as our online
system. As one part of this progression, you may wish to assign students
to answer questions such as the following:
- What is peer review? Describe at least 2 ways in which it can be used in student
- How do professional scientists use peer review? Describe 2 or more ways in which it is
useful in science.
- You are anonymously reviewing another students' description of a research project they
spent several weeks completing. They obviously worked very hard and collected a lot of
data, but you believe that their conclusions are not supported by their data. What kinds
of things would be good to say in your review?
An assignment such as this will allow you to gauge your students' understanding of peer
review, and it will emphasize the importance of the responsibility they will be
For assessment purposes, it may be too cumbersome for you to evaluate all the peer
review comments that students provide. Instead, we suggest that you concentrate on how
each student responds to the feedback he or she receives. For example, in their final
research reports, each student could address questions such as these:
- What peer review comments did you receive?
- Did you agree with these comments?
- How did you use the comments in preparing your final report?
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