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Title: On the Weakness of Feedback in Education
Authors: Yoon, Caroline
Keywords: Teaching and Teacher Learning
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Yoon, C. (2020). On the Weakness of Feedback in Education. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 4 (pp. 2317-2320). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: I critique the dominant use of the term feedback to describe the act of giving and receiving critical appraisals in education. A comparison of the historical meaning of feedback in systems theory with definitions of educational feedback reveals that the term can reduce or even remove the role of the teacher from the critiquing encounter, in favor of viewing the learner as autonomous and self-regulated. I present an alternative view of the giving and receiving of critical appraisals that draws on Biesta’s (2016) description of the ‘weakness’ of education to emphasize feedback as a human encounter.
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