Peer review: The rationale
- Communication skills are important.
- Doing a careful and thorough job is important.
- Studying others' work provides a valuable new perspective.
You never really understand something until you teach it.
- Group discussion and joint effort are valuable.
- The process systematizes the group study and mutual help that students
have always voluntarily engaged in and benefited from, and it puts all
students on a level playing field in that regard.
- This process is like real life (technical employment in a large
organization). Traditional homework is not.
- Spreading out your attention to a topic's homework over 2 weeks has
pedagogical value ("sink-in time").
- The reports give the instructor early warning of trouble areas that
should be addressed in class.
- The solutions manuals produced are useful in later semesters.
- You will finally learn the Greek alphabet. :-)
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