Peer Evaluation in a Didactic Team-Based Learning Dental Hygiene Course

Publication ID Published Version
9079 January 19, 2012 1
University of Missouri-Kansas City


Peer evaluation in a Team-Based Learning instructional strategy emphasizes individual and group accountability, allows students to demonstrate and evaluate effective teamwork skills, and provides constructive feedback to their peers. To ensure students have an opportunity to reward peers who contribute most to team assignments and help individuals recognize the need to be individually accountable to their team, peer evaluations are considered essential components of Team-Based Learning (TBL). As part of a TBL introductory didactic dental hygiene course, students were instructed to complete a peer evaluation for each student in their team by assigning an average of ten points to all members of the team excluding themselves. At least one score was to be 11 or higher and one score was 9 or lower with a rationale for the highest and lowest ratings. Scores for each student were averaged and included as part of the overall course grade. This resource includes the peer evaluation instrument, a template for calculating scores, and a discussion about lessons learned in the process of implementation.

Team-Based Learning refers to a series of clearly-defined practices that need to be implemented in a specific sequence. These include permanent and purposefully-formed teams, the Readiness Assurance Process, the 4-S team applications (significant problem; same problem; specific choice; simultaneous report), and peer evaluation within the teams. The trademark is used to protect the meaning of the term and helps to distinguish TBL from other approaches that incorporate small group work.


Keselyak N, Gadbury-Amyot C, Michaelsen L, Simmer-Beck M. Peer Evaluation in a Didactic Team-Based Learning Dental Hygiene Course. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2012. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To demonstrate effective teamwork skills.
  2. To evaluate the teamwork skills of peers.
  3. To work collaboratively to enhance individual and group learning of the course content.
  4. To provide constructive feedback to peers.


  • Peer Evaluation, TBL, Team-Based Learning, WeTeach, Peer Evaluations


  • Dental


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Incorporate feedback
  • Professionalism

Professional Interest

  • Assessment
  • Communication Skills
  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance
  • Oral Health
  • Professionalism
  • Teaching Skills
  • WeTeach

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Team-based Learning (TBL)

Assessment Methods

  • Peer Assessment

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School
    • Dental Student


  • Evaluation Tool

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