Title

Accounting Teams: Are Peer Evaluations Too Generous?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2016

Publication Title

Accounting Instructors' Report

Keywords

accounting education, higher education, group projects, peer evaluation

Disciplines

Accounting | Business | Higher Education

Abstract

University instructors often incorporate team projects into the college curriculum and some instructors utilize peer evaluations where students evaluate their teammates’ performance on the project (Takeda and Homberg, 2014). These evaluations allow the instructor to assess the contribution of individual team members. We provide valuable insight into a student’s perception of their teammates based on the results of peer- and self-evaluation surveys.

How do students rank themselves against their peers? Are students overall generous or harsh with their evaluations? Are slackers identified? Are there differences in the perceptions of students based on gender? We gather peer evaluations from four years of classes and analyze the results to look for answers to these questions.

This article is from the Accounting Instructor’s Resource, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.

Version

Preprint

Volume

Summer