ERIC Number: EJ1058587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Students' Perceptions of and Responses to Teaching Assistant and Peer Feedback
Rodgers, Kelsey J.; Horvath, Aladar K.; Jung, Hyunyi; Fry, Amanda S.; Diefes-Dux, Heidi A.; Cardella, Monica E.
Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, v9 n2 Oct 2015
Authentic open-ended problems are increasingly appearing in university classrooms at all levels. Formative feedback that leads to learning and improved student work products is a challenge, particularly in large enrollment courses. This is a case study of one first-year engineering student team's experience with teaching assistant and peer feedback during a series of open-ended mathematical modeling problems called Model-Eliciting Activities. The goal of this study was to gain deep insight into the interactions between students, feedback providers, and written feedback by examining one team's perceptions of the feedback they received and the changes they made to their solutions based on their feedback. The practical purpose of this work is to begin to make recommendations to improve students' interactions with written feedback. The data sources consisted of individual student interviews, videos of the team's meetings to revise their solutions, the team's iteratively-developed solutions, the team's documented changes to the their solutions, and the written feedback they received from their teaching assistant and peers. The students explained that helpful peer feedback requires a time commitment, focuses on the mathematical model, and goes beyond praise to prompt change. The students also stated that generic TA feedback was not helpful. The greatest difference between the students' perceptions of TA and peer feedback was that the TA had influence over the team's grade and therefore the TA feedback was deemed more important. Feedback strategies to increase peer participation and improve teaching assistant training are described. Suggestions for continued research on feedback are provided.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teaching Assistants, Feedback (Response), Formative Evaluation, Peer Evaluation, Case Studies, Engineering Education, Mathematical Models, College Students, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE 0717508