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Analyzing peer editing in an agricultural communications class

Cook, Zadie R.
In-class peer editing exercises were conducted and assessed throughout the course of an agricultural communications class. Students were asked to edit anonymous press releases and then respond to the question "What are your thoughts on in-class editing exercises?" This research found students make multiple types of edits, including Associated Press Style corrections, grammar corrections and content corrections. Only a small percentage of students made incorrect edits to the press release. A large amount of students reported in-class exercises increase their confidence, allow them to catch more mistakes and learn from others in the class. Together, these findings suggest in-class editing exercises are beneficial to agricultural communications students.