Advantages and limitations of peer assessment


  • Karmen Goršak, Karmen Pižorn Gimnazija Bežigrad Ljubljana, Pedagoška fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani



peer assessment, peer feedback, validity, reliability, peer grade


This article examines current theoretical work and research findings regarding the effectiveness of peer assessment. The main purpose of the article is to define peer asses sment and its subcategory peer feedback and to present the advantages and limitations of peer assessment derived from different research findings. In addition, conditions and strategies to successfully guarantee the benefits of peer assessment are presented.

The main research studies, mentioned in this article, have been carried out in different disciplines in higher education programmes and their findings reveal positive students’ and teachers’ attitude to peer assessment as well as high correlation between peers’ and te achers’ grades. The main results of the studies show a positive effect of peer assessment on student’s active role in the process of learning and assessment, the development of social and professional skills, student’s autonomy, critical thinking, peer and selfassessment skills. Recommendations for implementing peer assessment within foreign language tea ching, as well as implications for future research work are provided.



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How to Cite

Karmen Pižorn, K. G. (2010). Advantages and limitations of peer assessment. Journal for Foreign Languages, 2(1-2), 193–205.



Didactics of Foreign Languages