The psychology of receiving feedback, and why (and how) we should equip students to do it better

The psychology of receiving feedback, and why (and how) we should equip students to do it better

Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service
Date: Friday 13 March 2020
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: Teaching Room, Southpark House
Category: Academic events
Speaker: Dr R. A. Nash, Aston University

Why do our students, despite the considerable time and effort we invest in preparing feedback for them, often nevertheless fail to engage with this feedback? I will begin this workshop with an introduction to some interesting psychological literature on why people react badly to feedback. With this literature as context, I will then describe our own research programme that explores this perennial issue among students. Together, this work draws out the key concept of ‘feedback literacy’: a vital skill for enabling success in education (and indeed, in life), and yet one we often mistakenly assume our students would have perfected at school. I will attempt to convince attendees that valid efforts to foster our students’ feedback literacy are potentially invaluable. I will describe my own efforts to work toward this ambition with my own students, and will share both the successes and frustrating failures of these efforts thus far. I will invite attendees to reflect on how feedback literacy interventions might be integrated within their own disciplinary practices, and to reflect on their own feedback literacy!

Dr Robert Nash is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Aston University, where he is also Director of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching. He completed his bachelor’s degree and PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick, before holding positions at Lancaster University and the University of Surrey, and moving to Aston in 2015. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

This session is open to staff of the University of Glasgow and validated institutions.

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Tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch will be available.

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