DoingCL - Peer Editing





Peer Editing

Peer editing pairs students as editors for each other's papers. There are many ways to structure this and much depends on the complexity of the assignment. For short papers editing pairs can review each other's drafts or "almost final" papers in class a few days before the final paper is due. For longer papers, the author needs to direct the editor's attention to a specific section or question. Peer editing can also be done outside of class, but face-to-face interaction is highly desirable.

Students benefit both from their peer's comments and suggestions and from the process of having to critically evaluate another's work. The latter helps them become more critical of their own work. This collaborative learning structure provides interdependence as the two students rely on each other for feedback and individual accountability based on the instructor's evaluation of the individual's paper. Also, instructors should make students accountable for the review they perform.

Johnson, D. W., Johnson, R. T., and Smith, K. A. (1998). Active learning: Cooperation in the college classroom. Edina, MN: Interaction Book Company.

Millis, B. J., and Cottell, P. G., Jr. (1998). Cooperative learning for higher education faculty, American Council on Education, Series on Higher Education. The Oryx Press, Phoenix, AZ.

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