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This article employed a mixed-method approach to examine peer review through the eyes of writing instructors and first-year college students, including native and non-native speakers of English. A total of 162 participants took part in the study, including 124 students and 20 full time writing instructors. The quantitative analysis involved multiple chi-square tests and Fisher’s exact tests with Bonferroni adjustments for Type-I error. The qualitative data were examined for common themes and summarized in categories illustrated by participants’ quotes. The results of the study showed significant differences between the instructors and the students in relation to the writing aspects that they focused on when doing peer review. Two important trends were revealed: 1) Both student groups were more focused on language accuracy and range, particularly concerning grammar, spelling and punctuation; and 2) The instructors were more involved with aspects related to the writing itself, such as thesis statement; organization; coherence; content; and evidence and examples. A significantly higher percentage of the instructors reported problems with peer review related to lack of confidence, low appreciation for peer feedback, and reluctance to provide critical comments. The solutions offered by the students and the instructors also varied between the two sides.

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TESOL Journal, 12, 2021, 1-17



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