Peer Review of Teaching

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Peer Review is 'the assessment of one's work by one's peer group, or by others of similar standing and qualifications' (Maquarie Dictionary 2021).

The term ‘peer review of teaching' can be used to describe a formative process dedicated to improving teaching through evidence and observation. It can also refer to a summative process that involves gaining evidence to make an evaluation or a judgement about teaching quality. Confusion about the different purposes of peer review has led to the emergence of related terms that aim to help differentiate between them. The two most common alternative terms in the literature for formative peer review of teaching are ‘Peer Observation’ and ‘Peer Partnership’ . 

University of South Australia's approach to the peer review of teaching includes distinct formative and summative processes: