Peer review

Peer review is a useful component of MBI units as it allows students to receive feedback on their work from their peers. This feedback can help students improve their explanations, identify any gaps in understanding they may have, and refine their understanding of the science ideas being studied.

In an MBI unit, students are tasked with constructing an evidence-based explanation of an anchoring phenomenon. The peer review process involves students sharing their final written explanations to their classmates, who then provide constructive feedback on the explanation's accuracy, completeness, and clarity. This feedback can be given orally, through written comments, or both.

Peer review helps students to understand that explanations are subject to critique and improvement. It also encourages students to think critically about the explanations of their peers and to develop their own evaluation skills. Additionally, by giving and receiving feedback, students develop important communication and collaboration skills, which are essential in scientific inquiry.

Peer Review Guide

MBI peer review guide.pdf

(Download the guide in Word or PDF formats)

While there are many generic peer review templates available, we recommend using the peer review guide to the left. It is specific to MBI units and coordinates with the MBI explanation rubric the students will be evaluated on. 

We recommend the following procedure to conduct the peer review: