When my students hand in their final English essay, they also hand in their peer reviewed draft. I’ve noticed that usually they do not incorporate the changes that peers suggest.
I gave them a survey on peer review to help me better understand their use of peer’s comments. They admitted that they use very little of peer review.
Some of their reasons:
The reviewer isn’t as smart as I am.
I don’t care what they “feel” about my paper. What is good/bad according to the rubric?
They don’t understand the rubric.
It does not help me when a reviewer finds a mistake if he cannot tell me how to fix it.
They don’t understand my thinking/how I wrote the paper.
The reviewer found some spelling mistakes but missed the big things like my first body paragraph having two topics.
They don’t try/ they do not take it seriously.
How well do your students peer review each other? How valuable is the peer review to the author?
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