Providing Feedback to International Students in Higher Education: A small scale study

Victoria Mann, Joseph Warburton
2017 ISEJ-International Student Experience Journal   unpublished
Effective feedback can be useful in supporting a student's academic development and in supporting students to identify strengths and areas for improvement. This paper combines literature about feedback with students' experiences to consider effective and less effective feedback and discusses how effective feedback can provide a basis for improving international students' academic performance. Students' experiences were elicited via a small scale investigation which comprised of a series of
more » ... of a series of three interviews. The first was conducted when the six participants (students) received feedback, the second a week after receiving feedback and the third was when they were starting a new assignment. This was to gauge both the immediate impact of feedback and the extent to which feedback is utilised in future assignments. Working from the perspective of students currently studying in Higher Education, the paper has found that the structuring of feedback can be crucial in ensuring that feedback meets its aim of being a formative learning tool. Clarity, specificity and tone were found to be particularly useful in enabling students to use feedback effectively. If feedback provided clear guidelines to improve future assignments, students were able to utilise this in future assignments.