A Simulated peer-assessment approach to improve students’ performance in numerical problem-solving questions in high school biology

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Basic mathematical fluency is a prerequisite for success in a wide array of areas in biology and it has been noted that many students are deficient in this skill. In this paper, the use of a simulated peer-assessment activity is investigated as a method to improve performance in numerical problem-solving questions in high school biology. Additionally, the benefits of using simulated, rather than real, student’s answers in peer-assessment is discussed. The study involved a small cohort of students who carried out a simulated peer-assessment as a classroom activity and their improvement in performance and attitude towards the activity was measured. The results demonstrate that a simulated peer-assessment activity is suitable as a replacement for standard peer-assessment and that students’ attitudes favour the simulated approach.
LanguageEnglish
Pages107-122
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Biological Education
Volume51
Issue number2
Early online date8 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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