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Abstract Title: Supporting scientific writing and evaluation in a conceptual physics course with Calibrated Peer Review
Abstract: Writing tasks are one way students can apply science concepts, yet evaluating students' writing can be difficult in large classes. With the web-based Calibrated Peer Review* (CPR) system, students submit written work and evaluate each other. Students write a response to a prompt, read and evaluate responses prepared by the curriculum developers, and receive feedback on their evaluations, allowing students to "calibrate" their evaluation skills. Students then evaluate their peers' work and their own work. We have used CPR for two semesters in conceptual physics courses with enrollments of ~100 students. By independently assessing students' responses, we evaluated the CPR calibration process and compared students' peer reviews with expert evaluations. We find little relationship between the CPR system's measure of students' reviewing competency and our independent determination. Nevertheless, students' scores on their essays correlate with our independent evaluations.  This poster describes these findings and our experiences with implementing CPR assignments.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Edward Price
California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
Phone: 7607508040
and Co-Presenter(s)
Fred Goldberg, San Diego State University
Scott Patterson, San Diego State University
Paul Heft, California State University San Marcos

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