Peer Review Writing Assignments and Critical Thinking

29 March 2011 (Tuesday) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
(light lunch from 12:30-1:00pm)

Venue: ACC 209


Writing and critical thinking are closely related skills that are central to learning in almost any field of study. Research suggests that the writing skills of students improve when they do multiple drafts of an assignment and when they receive feedback based upon clear expectations. A peer review process that is guided by a critical thinking rubric not only helps authors as they revise initial drafts, but also encourages students to reflect upon the qualities of good writing by placing them in the role of reviewer. This workshop will provide a step-by-step guide to method of peer review. Guided by a critical thinking rubric, participants will gain hands-on experience with the method by reviewing several pieces of student writing in small groups.

Speaker Biography


Professor David Skidmore

Fulbright Visiting Scholar
University of Hong Kong

Professor and Chair of Politics and International Relations
Drake University

David Skidmore is a Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa (USA). He is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong (2010-11). He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University and taught at Hamilton College and the University of Notre Dame before arriving at Drake in 1989. During the 1996-97 academic year, he taught at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. Skidmore serves as Director of the Drake University Center for Global Citizenship (currently on leave) and is past Director of the Drake Curriculum and First Year Seminar programs. His research and teaching interests lie in the areas of international political economy, American foreign policy and international relations theory. Skidmore is author, co-author or editor of six books including, most recently, a monograph titled The Unilateralist Temptation in American Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2011).