Empowering students to be the judges of their own performance through peer assessment

Ayse Bilgin, Sharon Fraser

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    Alternative assessment methods are becoming increasingly common in higher education with the aim of increasing the potential learning of students. This paper presents an application of an alternative assessment method: peer assessment of oral presentations for postgraduate students within a statistics department. Even though the assessment of peers is a valuable workplace skill, such an activity is rarely an integrated part of university education. With a new emphasis in universities on the development of generic skills, it is appropriate to explore means of assessment that are valued in the marketplace. The aim of the peer assessment intervention reported here was to increase the critical thinking skills of students and enable them to develop their ability as independent decision makers. The advantages and disadvantages of the intervention and peer assessment in general are discussed and suggestions are made for possible improvements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ISI/IASE Satellite on Assessing Student Learning in Statistics
    EditorsBrian Phillips, Laurence Weldon
    Place of PublicationGuimarães, Portugal
    PublisherInternational Association for Statistical Education
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9789073592278
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventIASE/ISI-Satellite Conference on Assessing Student Learning in Statistics - Guimarães, Portugal
    Duration: 19 Aug 200721 Aug 2007


    ConferenceIASE/ISI-Satellite Conference on Assessing Student Learning in Statistics
    CityGuimarães, Portugal


    • Statistics Education, Peer assessment
    • statistics
    • education
    • peer assessment


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