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Taking Ownership : the Effect of Peer Feedback on Students' Goal Orientation

Veen, H.J. van der (2022) Taking Ownership : the Effect of Peer Feedback on Students' Goal Orientation.

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Abstract:Peer feedback (PF) in education has often been used complementary to teacher feedback. However, PF has many potential benefits when utilized as a learning activity rather than just formative assessment. Studies have mentioned that PF strengthens a feeling of ownership of learning in students, however, studies testing the effect of PF on a clear construct of Student Ownership of Learning (SOL) have not been found. There is evidence, however, of PF having a positive effect on a number of elements within the SOL construct, still, some elements have not yet been studied. Therefore, the aim of this research was to add to this theory by looking into the relationship between PF and one element of SOL namely: goal orientation. It was hypothesized that participating in PF sessions strengthens the mastery orientation, and thus, strengthens SOL. This was investigated through an intervention in which secondary school students were assigned writing assignments which followed PF cycles. Before and after the intervention, the students’ goal orientation was measured through questionnaires. The results of the study show a statistically significant increase in the mastery goal orientation which adds scientific credibility to the idea that peer assessment indeed strengthens student ownership of learning.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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