ERIC Number: ED321715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
A Profile of Recent Research on Feedback. Revised.
Menges, Robert J.; And Others
A study reviewed 88 doctoral dissertations written during a 4-year period in the 1980s on the use of feedback for performance improvement. The purpose was to sugget applications of the findings to teaching improvement in postsecondary education, and to determine the extent to which faculty development centers contribute to this research. Dissertations were analyzed in terms of the following questions: (1) in what occupational settings was the research conducted? (2) who received the feedback? (3) who provided the feedback? (4) how was feedback conveyed? (5) how many people received the feedback message? (6) for what purpose was feedback given? (7) what research methods were used? (8) what are the potential uses for these research findings? (9) at what institutions were the dissertations done? and (10) in what fields of study were the dissertations done?. Data on each of these questions is provided in tabular form. The resulting dissertation profile suggests that considerable attention was directed to the topic of feedback to improve performance, and that studies that gathered data in educational settings are scattered across many universities and many disciplines, with very few based in higher, adult, or continuing education. There was no evidence that faculty development centers stimulated or sponsored this research. Bibliographic citations for the 88 dissertations are included. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).