Assessment should be built into all learning experiences as mentioned in Building the Curriculum 3 (Education Scotland, 2003). In doing this is gives the children different learning and assessment experiences which are varied throughout the curriculum. This then allows assessment to be used as a tool for learning. Building the Curriculum 5: A framework for assessment (2011) suggests that peer assessment helps learners’ to support and learn from each other. It is vital to remember that for some children this might not be a positive learning experience. Therefore it is important to ensure that feedback is given in a constructive manner and that this should help to build the confidence of all learners and should aid them in managing their own learning. This enquiry aims to establish the impact peer assessment has on the work of all the children in the class.
Black et al, (2004) ‘Peer assessment is uniquely valuable because students may accept criticism of their work from one another that they would not take seriously if the remarks were offered by a teacher.’ Therefore this is a very valuable tool for learning as children often learn more from their peers.
The aims of this enquiry were to:
- Establish whether the introduction of a peer assessment grid would have an impact on the written work produced by the children with specific focus on writing.
- Determine the effect peer assessment has on the health and wellbeing of the children.