Development of a peer teaching-assessment program and a peer observation and evaluation tool

Am J Pharm Educ. 2008 Dec 15;72(6):147. doi: 10.5688/aj7206147.


Objectives: To develop a formalized, comprehensive, peer-driven teaching assessment program and a valid and reliable assessment tool.

Methods: A volunteer taskforce was formed and a peer-assessment program was developed using a multistep, sequential approach and the Peer Observation and Evaluation Tool (POET). A pilot study was conducted to evaluate the efficiency and practicality of the process and to establish interrater reliability of the tool. Intra-class correlation coefficients (ICC) were calculated.

Results: ICCs for 8 separate lectures evaluated by 2-3 observers ranged from 0.66 to 0.97, indicating good interrater reliability of the tool.

Conclusion: Our peer assessment program for large classroom teaching, which includes a valid and reliable evaluation tool, is comprehensive, feasible, and can be adopted by other schools of pharmacy.

Keywords: large classroom teaching; peer assessment; peer observation and evaluation tool.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees
  • Education, Pharmacy / methods*
  • Educational Measurement*
  • Humans
  • Observer Variation
  • Peer Group*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Students, Pharmacy*