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Improving the effectiveness of peer feedback for learning

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Learning and Instruction Volume 20, Number 4 ISSN 0959-4752 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


The present study examined the effectiveness of (a) peer feedback for learning, more specifically of certain characteristics of the content and style of the provided feedback, and (b) a particular instructional intervention to support the use of the feedback. A quasi-experimental repeated measures design was adopted. Writing assignments of 43 students of Grade 7 in secondary education showed that receiving ‘justified’ comments in feedback improves performance, but this effect diminishes for students with better pretest performance. Justification was superior to the accuracy of comments. The instructional intervention of asking assessees to reflect upon feedback after peer assessment did not increase learning gains significantly.


Gielen, S., Peeters, E., Dochy, F., Onghena, P. & Struyven, K. Improving the effectiveness of peer feedback for learning. Learning and Instruction, 20(4), 304-315. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved June 14, 2021 from .

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