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The mythology of feedback

Adcroft, AP (2011) The mythology of feedback Higher Education Research and Development, 30 (4). 405 - 419. ISSN 0729-4360

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Much of the general education and discipline-specific literature on feedback suggests that it is a central and important element of student learning. This paper examines feedback from a social process perspective and suggests that feedback is best understood through an analysis of the interactions between academics and students. The paper argues that these two groups will have their own mythology of feedback and that this will inform their beliefs, attitudes and behaviours in the feedback process. Where there are different mythologies, the outcome will be dissonance. The paper reports on a study in which a 15-item questionnaire was distributed to academics and students in a School of Law and a School of Management. Responses were received from 91 academics and 1197 students. The data suggests that academics and students have different perceptions of feedback and this creates dissonance as the two groups offer different interpretations of the same feedback events.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Surrey Business School
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Date : 28 June 2011
Identification Number : 10.1080/07294360.2010.526096
Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published in Higher Education Research and Development, 30(4), 405-419 (2011). Higher Education Research and Development is available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 Aug 2012 09:27
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:03

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