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NU Ideas Volume 6


Nagoya University Multidisciplinary Journal

Third International Symposium on
Academic Writing and Critical Thinking

Two Heads are Better than One

Chih Hao Chang
Nagoya University of Commerce and Business

The purpose of this research was to investigate peers’ comments in peer review activity. The project was carried out for four weeks with six first-year undergraduate students in Japan. The comments in compositions were analyzed from two groups of students in a writing classroom. Faigley and Witte’s (1981) taxonomy of comments was adapted and used to identify the types of comments: surface-level comments and text-based comments. The findings show that surface-level comments were made more than text-based comments. Subjects were able to not only produce useful comments but also improve overall writing abilities.

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