Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Gutknecht

Second Advisor

Dr. William Herrold

Third Advisor

Dr. David Jacobson


The purpose of the study was to determine whether or not the peer evaluation process could improve student writing and attitudes toward writing. Fifty-five eighth grade students participated in the study. The control group consisted of twenty students, and the experimental group consisted of thirty-five students. The same four creative writing assignments were given to both groups. Ten students with similar writing abilities were selected from each group. After completing each assignment, the twenty papers were photocopied and evaluated by three English instructors at the junior high school. Numerical scores representing the combined content and mechanics grades assigned by the instructors determined the results along with informal observations made by the teacher. The results indicated that the peer evaluation program increased the students' motivation and writing quality.

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