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ERIC Number: EJ882051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Is the Feedback in Higher Education Assessment Worth the Paper It Is Written on? Teachers' Reflections on Their Practices
Bailey, Richard; Garner, Mark
Teaching in Higher Education, v15 n2 p187-198 Apr 2010
Perceptions of the role and efficacy of written feedback in teaching and learning among teaching staff in British higher education institutions have not been extensively researched. In the present study 48 lecturers in one university and from a cross-section of disciplinary backgrounds were interviewed with respect to their lived experiences with writing assessment feedback. Like most universities, theirs has a stated commitment to academic excellence by, among other things, ensuring timely and useful feedback on assignments. The findings suggest, however, that institutional policies and departmental practices related to formative assessment in this respect are not having the intended effect. Teachers have varied perceptions and beliefs about the purposes of written feedback, and are uncertain about what it achieves and what use students make of it. Far from enhancing written feedback, innovative practices and procedures have created new problems for teachers. There is a clear need for continuing research in this area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom