The impact of formative feedback on the development of academic writing
Published on Aug 1, 2010in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
· DOI :10.1080/02602930903512909
This paper presents a small‐scale exploratory study, which focuses on the impact of formative assessment that was provided as part of a writing intervention in a first‐year undergraduate programme. Qualitative data were collected to find evidence of use of formative feedback, and of resulting improvements, as well as to shed some light on students’ inclination to use feedback. Uptake and use of the formative feedback was assessed by an analysis of feedback comments on students’ texts as well as by students’ interviews. The findings showed that students who had utilised their feedback comments improved in the areas previously criticised. In the texts of several students, however, the same problems persisted; it became apparent in the interviews that they had paid little attention to their feedback comments and not acted upon them. The interviews also uncovered reasons for engagement or non‐engagement with the feedback. These include students’ high or low motivation based on the enjoyment of the degree prog...