Effect of formal training workshop on teachers’ quality of written feedback in higher education
Introduction: The significance of written feedback in students’ learning is well established in the literature; however, it is contingent on several factors, particularly the quality of written feedback. Many teachers are not formally trained to give feedback that could affect the student learning.
Objective: This study was designed to investigate whether teachers modify their written feedback in response to a formal training workshop on written feedback.
Methodology: Using a quasi-experimental design with pre and post within subject design, 94 teachers participated in this study. As a pre-test, participants were made to provide written feedback on a sample script at the beginning of the workshop. This was followed by a two-day interventional workshop that included discussions and hands on exercises on multiple aspects of written feedback. At the end of the workshop, the participants were again asked to provide feedback on the same script.
Results: Comparisons between the pre- and post-intervention data revealed several differences. The quantity of feedback increased subsequent to the intervention. A rise in feedback on form and writing style was observed after the workshop, as opposed to a slight drop in feedback on content, leading to a more balanced focus. Although some of the desired differences, such as avoiding vague comments and criticism, were statistically insignificant, most of the other, differences in the pre-test and post-test were statistically significant.
Conclusion: This study affirms that a formal training workshop could improve the quality of teachers’ written feedback.
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