Proposal Abstract

A large body of research exists documenting the effectiveness of peer tutoring and feedback for P-12 pupils; however, research with graduate students is virtually nonexistent. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether peer feedback had a positive effect on graduate students' performance on written lesson plans. Data analyses indicated that graduate students who gave and received peer feedback on lesson plans prior to submitting them to the instructor performed better than students who only received optional instructor feedback. Additionally, results of a follow up survey indicated that students felt positive about the effects of peer feedback on their lesson plans. Participants will engage in a discussion of the value of peer feedback for graduate students. While the present study focused on an education method course, applications to other types of courses will be discussed, well as pros and cons of the model.

Location

Room 2905

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 12th, 9:00 AM Mar 12th, 9:45 AM

Peer Feedback: A Valuable Learning Tool for Graduate Students

Room 2905

A large body of research exists documenting the effectiveness of peer tutoring and feedback for P-12 pupils; however, research with graduate students is virtually nonexistent. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether peer feedback had a positive effect on graduate students' performance on written lesson plans. Data analyses indicated that graduate students who gave and received peer feedback on lesson plans prior to submitting them to the instructor performed better than students who only received optional instructor feedback. Additionally, results of a follow up survey indicated that students felt positive about the effects of peer feedback on their lesson plans. Participants will engage in a discussion of the value of peer feedback for graduate students. While the present study focused on an education method course, applications to other types of courses will be discussed, well as pros and cons of the model.