Peer assessment: A valuable tool to differentiate between student contributions to group work?

Authors

  • Caroline Steensels Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Centre for Drug and Patient Information, K.U.Leuven, Edward Van Evenstraat 4, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  • Lies Leemens Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Centre for Drug and Patient Information, K.U.Leuven, Edward Van Evenstraat 4, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  • Herman Buelens Information and Communication Technology in Education, University Education Support Office, K.U.Leuven, Naamsestraat 98, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  • Elisabeth Laga Information and Communication Technology in Education, University Education Support Office, K.U.Leuven, Naamsestraat 98, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  • Annie Lecoutere Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Centre for Teacher Training, K.U.Leuven, Edward Van Evenstraat 4, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  • Gert Laekeman Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Centre for Drug and Patient Information, K.U.Leuven, Edward Van Evenstraat 4, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  • Steven Simoens Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Centre for Drug and Patient Information, K.U.Leuven, Edward Van Evenstraat 4, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

Keywords:

Education, group project, peer assessment, pharmacy, tutor assessment

Abstract

This paper aims to report experiences with peer assessment (PA) during the first year of operation in a pharmacy practice (PP) course. PA was carried out twice. The range and standard deviation of scores were larger during the second assessment, suggesting a more critical way of rating. This indicates that gaining experience with PA is a necessary condition for this tool to enable students to assess each other’s contribution to group work. A significant correlation was observed between scores awarded by peers and external tutors, indicating that students assessed one another in the same way as external tutors. In conclusion, PA can be a valuable tool to differentiate between student contributions to group work if students are properly trained to conduct such an assessment. It is recommended that PA be integrated at an earlier stage of the curriculum to allow students to gain the required expertise.

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Published

18/08/2018

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Research Article