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The presentation of feedback and how we can maximise student’s learning.

Written by: Jayne Lavelle
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JAYNE LAVELLE, ITT, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, UK There are many ways in which a student’s learning can be maximised and, as this paper will address, feedback can be seen as the most powerful aspect of teaching and learning. However, despite this, why is feedback so powerful and why is it variable? According to Hattie and Zierer (2017), ‘feedback’ is extensively studied and highly influential in improving learning performance. Hattie’s ‘Visible learning’ (2009) reports an average effect size of 0.75, based on 25 meta-analyses conducted in the last 30 years. However, feedback can have both positive and negative effects, making it one of the most variable influences in education. It is by far one of the most researched methods of pedagogy. Largely understood and widely agreed upon, feedback should be timely, specific and actionable, in order to help the student to understand what they have learned and what they need to improve. In contrast, the importance of presentation seems t

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