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ERIC Number: EJ1084306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
The Genre of Instructor Feedback in Doctoral Programs: A Corpus Linguistic Analysis
Walters, Kelley Jo; Henry, Patricia; Vinella, Michael; Wells, Steve; Shaw, Melanie; Miller, James
International Journal on E-Learning, v14 n4 p525-550 2015
Providing transparent written feedback to doctoral students is essential to the learning process and preparation for the capstone. The purpose of this study was to conduct a qualitative exploration of faculty feedback on benchmark written assignments across multiple, online doctoral programs. The Corpus for this analysis included 236 doctoral level written assignments that contained feedback from 51 faculty members. Student papers submitted between January and December 2011 were retrieved from courses. Using MOVE structure analysis, common themes were identified and coded from embedded feedback on papers. Four types of embedded feedback were identified and coded into two major components, mechanical and conceptual feedback. Key findings indicate that online doctoral instructors focus first on meeting assignment requirements, and then on building students' scholarly tone and research effectiveness. Emphasis was also on APA, mechanics, and grammar while still other areas included results of instructor error or lack of clarity in providing correct directions and explanations. This valuable study indicates the level and types of faculty feedback on student doctoral work allowing for universities to better understand additional sources of support for students on successful completion of the capstone as well as support for faculty in understanding the importance of the type of embedded feedback they can provide to support online doctoral students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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