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Reconceptualising Assessment and Feedback to Promote Student Wellbeing

Hill, Jennifer; West, Harry


Jenny Hill
Associate Professor in Teaching and Learning


We present results from a three-year qualitative enquiry, exploring changing student emotions and learning behaviours linked to a student-teacher dialogic assessment approach implemented in a second year undergraduate course at a large teaching-oriented British university. The approach uncovered the inherently emotional experience for students of receiving assessment commentary. Through dialogic feed-forward meetings, negative emotions such as apprehension and anxiety were transformed into positive emotions such as enthusiasm and pleasure. The relational interactions and collaborative reflections in the meeting also had longer-term effects on student self-regulatory and self-efficacious behaviours, relating not only to the specific assessment task but beyond to other second year assignments and into their third year of study. By creating a safe and nurturing learning environment, positive beliefs were built and/or strengthened, empowering students to develop resilient academic behaviours, boosting learning outcomes, and maximising the potential for sustainable learning and academic success. We conclude with implications for practice.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Dec 12, 2019
Publication Date Dec 12, 2019
APA6 Citation Hill, J., & West, H. (2019, December). Reconceptualising Assessment and Feedback to Promote Student Wellbeing. Paper presented at Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor, Wales