Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Peer Grading - What's your take?

I'm not sure I'm completely for this, but it is an interesting thought.

1 comment:

  1. This quote in particular grabbed my attention:

    "(btw, every study of peer review among students shows that students perform at a higher level, and with more care, when they know they are being evaluated by their peers than when they know only the teacher and the TA will be grading)"

    Isn't that just because students in college have this unwritten rule that they judge each other much more positively than they necessarily should be? I feel like students are probably more honest when grading is anonymous or when their opinions don't actually impact their peers' grades. In my math education cohort (ie, group), we had an assignment where we had to grade each other's work. I had all of my sheets filled out with perfect scores before any of the presentations. I just wrote the name of the presenters down as they went up. Sure, it was lazy, but I didn't really view it as unfair, though I'm sure some might see it that way.

    I know this point is brought up briefly in an example of how peer grading doesn't work, but that context is when it's more tooth-and-nail among the students, when they're pitted against one another. My math cohort gets along really well, and the assignment was set up where everyone could get an 'A'. So, why bring anyone down?

    There are some other forms of assessment, at least at the primary and secondary level. Some teachers are fans of alternative assessment and are turning more toward portfolio grading. They judge students' progress by a body of work rather than a single test. Other forms include oral exams or final projects. I know this doesn't solve the "teacher has to grade things" problem, but maybe it would make it more fun for instructors.