Building peer support: developing students' feedback skills

Harvey, Tina (2017) Building peer support: developing students' feedback skills. In: 6th International AHE Conference (Assessment in Higher Education), 28-29 June 2017, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Educators appreciate that feedback is central to the assessment process and the best method of helping students to expand their knowledge and skill base. Evidence from research illustrates the effectiveness of this process, and that it goes beyond the world of academia by developing essential life skills and employability skills. However, undertaking this process may potentially raise anxiety, which caused me, as a practitioner researcher, to be cautious due to the potential negative response from students. I designed a comprehensive strategy to introduce peer feedback to a small group of first year undergraduates. This consisted of four formative assessment sessions where students gave and received feedback on previously prepared written work linked to module summative assessment. Students were required to complete a feedback template of each other's work, which included referencing, sentence construction, grammatical structure and development of ideas. Ostensibly these four sessions provided students with the opportunity of working alongside peers to develop written skills. However, in reality the learning was much more; students were able to not only learn from each other, but also develop confidence in their own abilities, enhance their abilities to criticise in a constructive manner, and last but definitely not least develop researching skills. This presentation will share the ‘highs' and ‘lows' of this project along with exploring the key areas identified for development in preparation of a follow-up study.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Youth & Community Work
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 15:21
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 08:58
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3761

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