For more than two decades, accounting professionals have called for improvements in the education and skill development of accounting students. This paper focuses on one approach to address the development of written communication skills, peer review of student papers. Peer editing or peer review has been widely used in composition and business communication classes, but it has not been widely adopted in accounting classes.

This paper briefly reviews the calls for improved written communication skills, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of peer editing of writing as a skill development tool, describes the application of peer review in an introduction to management accounting course, and includes documents that may be used to support a peer editing process.

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

Debra Kerby, Ph.D., Truman State University

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