Improving feedback research in naturalistic settings

Rola Ajjawi, David Boud, Michael Henderson, Elizabeth Molloy

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    This chapter discusses researching feedback inputs and processes to examine effects. Specifically, we promote a research agenda that contributes an understanding of how feedback works, for particular learners, in particular circumstances through research designs that take account of theory, occur in naturalistic settings and focus on students’ sense-making and actions. We draw attention to categories of research on effects of feedback: a) task-related performance/work; b) meta-learning processes such as self-regulation; and c) identity effects such as orienting students to the professionals they wish to become. We also discuss the difficulties in eliciting effects, attributing effects to particular feedback practices and the importance of exploring how effects are achieved and at what points in time, rather than simply looking for outcomes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Impact of Feedback in Higher Education
    Subtitle of host publicationImproving Assessment Outcomes for Learners
    EditorsMichael Henderson, Rola Ajjawi, David Boud, Elizabeth Molloy
    Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030251123
    ISBN (Print)9783030251116
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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