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'It'd be useful, but I wouldn't use it': barriers to university students' feedback seeking and recipience

Winstone, NE, Nash, RA, Rowntree, J and Parker, M (2016) 'It'd be useful, but I wouldn't use it': barriers to university students' feedback seeking and recipience Studies in Higher Education.

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Abstract

For feedback to be effective, it must be used by the receiver. Prior research has outlined numerous reasons why students’ use of feedback is sometimes limited, but there has been little systematic exploration of these barriers. In 11 activity-oriented focus groups, 31 undergraduate Psychology students discussed how they use assessment feedback. The data revealed many barriers that inhibit use of feedback, ranging from students’ difficulties with decoding terminology, to their unwillingness to expend effort. Thematic analysis identified four underlying psychological processes: awareness, cognisance, agency, and volition. We argue that these processes should be considered when designing interventions to encourage students’ engagement with feedback. Whereas the barriers identified could all in principle be removed, we propose that doing so would typically require—or would at least benefit from—a sharing of responsibility between teacher and student. The data highlight the importance of training students to be proactive receivers of feedback.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Winstone, NEUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nash, RAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rowntree, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Parker, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 February 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/03075079.2015.1130032
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 18 Jan 2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03075079.2015.1130032
Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 18 Jan 2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03075079.2015.1130032
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 23 Dec 2015 15:55
Last Modified : 24 Feb 2016 10:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809638

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