Research Question: What happens in a 300-level technical writing class when various peer-review/editing approaches are used?
We were interested in examining and enhancing the effectiveness of peer review/editing workshops in English 302, Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing. We explored several aspects:
- Factors impacting student confidence in their responses to peers’ writing
- Influences of types of workshops, size of groups, type of responses assigned, etc.
Method: During winter quarter 2010, we gave three questionnaires exploring the efficacy of different styles of peer review workshops. A total of forty students from two English 302 classes participated. Workshop types included “speed dating” (quick scan, verbal responses), structured worksheets, and group responses (memo format).
Fox, Margi and Jacobs, Jennifer, "Usability of Peer Review Workshops" (2010). Writing Research Fellows. Paper 12.