Student objectivity in peer assessment in an EFL speaking class

Desha Vitra Yunella


This research was aimed to investigate to what extent students doing peer assessment can be objective when they assess their friends in speaking and to find out their perceptions toward peer assessment. Peer assessment is an interesting teaching and learning technique. Teachers rarely use it as a final assessment because of doubts about the objectivity of peer assessment itself. Thus, the writer was interested to find out the objectivity of peer assessment. The subjects were students in a Public Speaking Class at UIN Ar-Raniry in Banda Aceh. The results from document analysis showed that peer assessment was objective as proven by the SPSS analysis. There was no significant difference between the results from peer assessment and the value assessed by the teacher which proved that the peer assessment done by the students was objective. In addition, the interview results showed that the students supported doing peer assessment in the classroom. As a result of this research teachers are recommended to implement peer assessment in their classrooms as a teaching technique as well as doing it for final assessments. 


Objectivity; Peer Assessment; Speaking; Alternative Assessment

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