Investigating the Potential of Self and Peer Assessment to Develop Learning Oriented Assessment Tasks

The School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, 2009, pp. 943 - 952
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The authors have previously reported the effectiveness of using self and peer assessment to improve learning outcomes in groupwork by providing opportunities to practise, assess and provide feedback on studentsâ attribute development. Combining this research and that reported in the literature on learning-oriented assessment we theorised that self and peer assessment would be an ideal tool to develop and facilitate assessments specifically designed to promote learning. In this paper we report testing this theory by integrating self and peer assessment into different learning oriented assessment tasks within a single subject. These tasks use self and peer assessment to not only assess a studentâs contribution to a team project but also assess individual student assignments, their understanding and judgement. The results demonstrate that self and peer assessment is an extremely effective tool in facilitating learning orientated assessments.
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