Staff and students’ conceptions of good written feedback: Implications for Practice

Long, Philip (2014) Staff and students’ conceptions of good written feedback: Implications for Practice. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 8 (1). pp. 54-63.

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Abstract

The assessment of students’ work has long been recognised as a key part of the learning process and yet some research suggests that despite considerable advances in recent years in terms of developing a greater variety of assessment forms, the contribution made by feedback on assessment to student learning remains a problematic area. In this paper I explore the concept of good written feedback as defined by first and third year undergraduates and academic staff in a post 1992 British university. This paper focuses on summative written feedback which I define as feedback provided on a student’s assignment, after it has been submitted, which contributes to a final grade. My analysis of the data collected via semi structured interviews highlights the importance of the preconceptions of staff and students on their conception of the role and form of effective feedback. Although there are similarities in the staff and student conceptions of good written feedback there are significant areas of difference which, it is argued, can best be resolved by the adoption of more dialogic forms of feedback.

Key words
Feedback, students’, staff, dialogue.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Practitioner Research in Higher Education
Publisher: University of Cumbria
ISSN: 1755-1382
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Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Research
Depositing User: Linda Shore
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 08:26
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 11:48
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1491

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