A comparative study of effectiveness of peer assessment of individuals’ contributions to group projects in undergraduate construction management core units

Jin, Xiao-Hua 2012, A comparative study of effectiveness of peer assessment of individuals’ contributions to group projects in undergraduate construction management core units, Assessment and evaluation in higher education, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 557-589.

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Title A comparative study of effectiveness of peer assessment of individuals’ contributions to group projects in undergraduate construction management core units
Author(s) Jin, Xiao-Hua
Journal name Assessment and evaluation in higher education
Volume number 37
Issue number 5
Start page 557
End page 589
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012-08
ISSN 0260-2938
1469-297X
Keyword(s) peer assessment
group work
higher education
construction management education
Australia
Summary In recent years, various forms of group work have been introduced in university courses across various subject domains, including construction management courses. Although the use of group work in higher education has sound pedagogical reasons and advantages, group work has its own drawbacks. Therefore, the acceptance by students and the success of group work critically depend on a fair and credible assessment of the group process. In this paper, the implementation of different approaches to peer assessment (PA) of individuals’ contributions to group projects in two core units in an undergraduate construction management course in an Australian university is reported. The effectiveness of the adopted PA approaches have been evaluated and validated by students. It has been found that contrary to doubts of the sufficiency of a simplistic approach to PAs, the fairness of a PA approach does not necessarily depend on its complexity. Besides, voluntary group discussions, learning and collaboration are found to aid in improving each of the group’s camaraderie. Hence, it is recommended that academics should develop both a structured methodology to progressively encourage group members to work cohesively in teams and effective PA approaches that measure individual member’s contribution.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045534

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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