The ‘Dichotomy’ of Feedback: Effectively Providing Feedback and Enhancing Feedback Literacy

The ‘Dichotomy’ of Feedback: Effectively Providing Feedback and Enhancing Feedback Literacy

In Hattie’s well-known meta-analysis of factors that relate to student achievement, the provisioning of feedback to students takes a steady hold within the top 10 of influences on the achievement of students. 

However, there are certain guidelines that must be respected in order to ensure that the provided feedback is as effective as it can be. Furthermore, ample attention must be given to feedback literacy, or the way in which students can effectively utilise feedback information to improve the quality of their learning. Thus, one could say that a certain feedback ‘dichotomy’ exists; with a partition between how feedback is provided by educators, and how it is received and used by learners. 

This session, rooted in educational research, aims to dissect this conundrum in order to provide capacity to educators to stimulate and leverage effective assessment feedback in order to close the feedback loop.

Session Audience:

Middle school, High school, Curriculum leaders, Information literacy / Library, Tech coaches, coordinators, integrators, etc, Whole school / anyone

Session Goals:

  • Participants will understand the research behind providing feedback, guided by the works of Hattie and other researchers in the field.

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the various types of feedback existing.

  • Participants will learn about feedback literacy and how it relates to the understandings, capacities, and dispositions needed by learners to make sense of feedback to enhance their learning. 

  • Ultimately, participants will gain an understanding of the key conditions for success (feedback capacity, feedback design, and feedback culture) and learn about some useful online (EdTech) tools that simplify the provisioning of feedback to students. 

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will develop an increased understanding of the theory behind the provisioning of feedback and feedback literacy. 

  • Participants will be able to explain the various types of feedback existing as well as listing them based on their effectiveness.

  • Participants will learn about the three conditions for success when it comes to feedback (i.e. feedback capacity, feedback design, and feedback culture). 

  • Participants will be able to use a range of online tools that enables them to provide feedback more effectively.

Presenter Bio:

Born and raised in the Netherlands, I received my BEd in History and an MA in Globalisation and Development Studies there. At the moment, I am in the final stages of finalising my MSc in Educational Leadership and Management via Portsmouth University in the U.K. I am the MYP coordinator at Xiamen International School, Xiamen, PRC and teach MYP I&S and DP TOK. In recent years, I have presented workshops on technology integration in Mexico, the USA, China, and Hong Kong. As a teacher, I am constantly looking for new and innovative ways to assure that students demonstrate their learning in an engaging, creative and collaborative manner, preparing them for the future. Obviously, providing effective feedback and developing feedback literacy is an important step in this process.