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Student experiences of self-reflection and peer assessment in providing authentic project-based learning to large class sizes

Rienties, Bart; Willis, Anthony; Alcott, Peter and Medland, Emma (2013). Student experiences of self-reflection and peer assessment in providing authentic project-based learning to large class sizes. In: Van den Bossche, Piet; Gijselaers, Wim H. and Milter, Richard G. eds. Facilitating Learning in the 21st Century: Leading through Technology, Diversity and Authenticity. Advances in Business Education and Training (5). Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 117–136.

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Learning in authentic projects is supposed to enhance business graduates knowledge, skills and future employment. However, in programmes with a large number of students, implementing project-based learning and providing helpful guidance, extensive feedback and support by teachers can be cumbersome. Recent research has looked into whether and how self-reflection, peer rating and peer assessment can help learners to reflect on their role within a group and their individual contributions to the project. While peer assessment traditionally is used for grading or marking peers, there is a call for more formative (for learning) assessment and feedback.

Using principles of design-based research, this chapter compares the extent to which two consecutive redesigns, with 106 postgraduate students in hospitality management to cope with larger class sizes involving more individual reflection, peer feedback and evaluation on a frequent biweekly interval, provide perceived enhancement of the student learning experience. The results indicate that the implementation of self-reflection and peer assessment leads to more satisfied students. At the same time, peer assessment for some students and in some groups leads to a degree of stress and conflicts

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2013 Springer Science+Business Media
ISBN: 94-007-6136-8, 978-94-007-6136-0
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Item ID: 39829
Depositing User: Bart Rienties
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 15:20
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:22
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