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Title: The merits of peer group review as a component in the assessment of design and technology project work in education
Authors: Mockford, Clive
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: © Loughborough University
Citation: MOCKFORD, C.D., 1994. The merits of peer group review as a component in the assessment of design and technology project work in education. IDATER 1994 Conference, Loughborough University
Abstract: With the expansion of Higher Education, a number of institutional and national initiatives have encouraged the development of flexible approaches to teaching and learning. Methods which are used for the assessment of student performance have increasingly become a focus of attention. An important aspect of these methods concerns the provision of effective and efficient strategies for delivering high quality feedback to students, communicating performance levels and supportive advice. In Technology education, a well established research strand has focused attention towards the assessment of design and technology capability, particularly linked to school based activities and examination performance. This assessment has concentrated largely on orthodox, formal methods. The work that this paper reports concerns a small scale investigation and evaluation of the technique of peer group review in the assessment of design and technology project work. A cohort of fifty first year undergraduate students of a course Industrial Design and Technology was involved in the assessment of four practical design coursework projects which they had submitted. Two particular aspects of peer group review are considered: the validity of student assessment in relation to parallel judgements made by academic staff; the perceptions which undergraduate students hold regarding the benefits and difficulties of this system of assessment. The paper seeks to identify the potential contribution that the technique of peer group review could make towards more effective and efficient assessment of design and technology project work from student and staff perspectives.
Description: This is a conference paper.
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/1068
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