ERIC Number: EJ1059268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
An Anatomy of Feedback: A Phenomenographic Investigation of Undergraduate Students' Conceptions of Feedback
McLean, Angela J.; Bond, Carol H.; Nicholson, Helen D.
Studies in Higher Education, v40 n5 p921-932 2015
The aim of this research was to investigate how undergraduate students conceptualise feedback, and compare this with research into conceptions of teaching and learning related phenomena in higher education. Using a phenomenographic approach, 28 physiotherapy students in New Zealand were interviewed about their experiences. Data analysis resulted in four qualitatively different experiences of feedback as: telling; guiding; developing understanding; and opening up a different perspective. The conceptions varied from a focus on one-way message transmission, to a more socially situated process. Analysis also showed several dimensions of feedback: focus of attention; agent of feedback; direction of communication; application over time; and range of application. The results provide useful information about variation in how students conceptualise feedback. This information may provide a better understanding of a process which is a key link between how students learn and how we teach.
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Undergraduate Students, Phenomenology, Physical Therapy, Qualitative Research, Concept Formation, Attention, Communication Strategies, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Attitudes, Comprehension
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand