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How does the medium affect the message? Architecture students’ perceptions of the relative utility of different feedback methods.

Smith, CR (2020) How does the medium affect the message? Architecture students’ perceptions of the relative utility of different feedback methods. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. ISSN 0260-2938

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Abstract

Pedagogic discourse on feedback has shifted away from teachers’ actions towards how it is used by students to improve their work and learning strategies. In Architecture programmes feedback occurs through a combination of methods; this paper presents the outcomes of a questionnaire study researching undergraduate and postgraduate students’ perceptions of which they considered most and least useful, and how they could be enhanced. With increased attention on dialogic approaches to feedback, the study provides insight into students’ views of the relative utility of several dialogic feedback methods. Key themes that emerged which affect feedback utility are the environment in which feedback takes place, feedback discourse, and message content. Although the signature pedagogy is centred on verbal dialogue, the perceived value of that dialogue varied significantly; some methods were considered much more useful, others left students uncertain and seeking greater clarification within the feedback message. The study suggests contact time be considered qualitatively as well as quantitatively. Another significant finding is students’ desire for more visual feedback, which may be salient to disciplines across the art and design subject area. Other implications for practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education on 02/03/2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02602938.2020.1733489
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies in Education, 1505 Marketing, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2020 11:47
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 11:47
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/02602938.2020.1733489
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12449

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