Fischler College of Education: Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Dissertation - NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Abraham S. Fischler School of Education

Advisor

Susanne Flannelly

Committee Member

Charles Schlosser

Abstract

This applied dissertation compared traditional peer feedback activities, where students comment and edit a peer’s work using red pen on the document, with learner derived feedback critiques based on the task requirements provided by the instructor. The feedback rubrics were created using a Web 2.0 application wiki. Framed by the experiential learning theory in an anagogical learning setting, this task-based approach focused on instructing students how to self-correct and edit their work in English language classes at the university level in Japan. The objective of the investigation was to also identify learner preference for the approach they attempted, to how they conducted peer feedback, and whether or not student preferences were demonstrated in their efforts to meet the required outcomes. No specific preferences for the type of feedback could be clearly identified based in a quantitative survey of the participants. The results for the assigned task did show significance in learner performance: vocabulary, F(1, 85) = 4.055, p = .047; grammar, F(1, 85) = 7.720, p = .009. For content, the p = .143 was not significant; however, scores for the treatment group were stronger than those shown by the control group. The flipped assessment or peer derived feedback/critique approach to peer feedback activities, based on this research, is recommended in second language English writing classes and is a suggested activity in other educational disciplines.

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