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ERIC Number: ED140355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Research on the Effect of Feedback on Writing: Review and Implications.
Wolter, Daniel R.; Lamberg, Walter J.
In research in the teaching of writing, feedback--information about a performance which influences future performance--appears often to be a factor, but it is rarely adequately described, defined, or controlled. The first section of this paper identifies possibly important aspects of feedback as it relates to the teaching of writing. Feedback may be categorized as abstract or specific, as positive, negative, or corrective, and as task related to task unrelated. The amount of feedback given may be important, as may be the conditions by which feedback is provided and the source from which it comes (teacher or peer). In the second section, the authors review the research on feedback, noting that relatively few aspects of feedback have been investigated and that, except for a few studies, no attempts have been made to control for and to compare the relative effects of particular aspects of feedback. The final section of the paper presents implications of the research and points out the need for further research which controls strictly for a limited number of aspects of feedback. (GW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Report prepared at University of Texas at Austin