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Peer assessment: developing a communal epistemic virtue among students

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University of Sussex

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University of Sussex

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Nimi Hoffman, Lecturer in Education

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In this session, I’ll talk about my experience of implementing peer assessment in a postgraduate module. There are several pedagogic reasons for using peer assessment, including internalising assessment criteria, strengthening formative assessment, and students’ learning to take a step back from their work in order to appraise it more carefully. However, to my mind these are all functions of a deeper purpose – developing an epistemic orientation orientated towards communal knowledge production.

I’ll discuss the notion of epistemic virtues and why the ethos of communal knowledge production is an important epistemic virtue. I’ll then discuss how I structured peer assessment, how students experienced it and the mistakes I made along the way.

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