Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Research Corner

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Research Corner

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Each week, TES Professional highlights education research conducted by teachers. This week, Matt Anderson, a modern foreign languages teacher at Great Torrington School in Devon, explains how he attempted to measure the impact of peer feedback on the quality of his students' work

What?

The American educator Ron Berger has long suggested that high-quality peer feedback and redrafting of work leads to better achievement and greater learning gains. Matt Anderson, pictured below, decided to see if this was the case with his Year 9 Spanish class.

Why?

Mr Anderson had been introduced to Ron Berger's work during a CPD session and was inspired by his video about "Austin's Butterfly" (bit.ly/BergerAustinsButterfly). In it, Berger talks his students through a series of drawings of a butterfly by "Austin" that were improved by peer feedback. It led Mr Anderson to wonder whether his Year 9 students would be able to provide a sufficiently constructive critique of each other's work for significant improvements to be made.

How?

Mr Anderson teaches two Year 9 classes of a similar ability. As part of a new unit about technology, he introduced new Spanish phrases and words to both classes, and taught students how to pronounce them. …

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