To appease or educate: accounting academics' conceptions of and approaches to feedback

Jacobsen, Ben, Howieson, Bryan, Carr, Rodney, De Lange, Paul, Milton, Audrey, O'Connell, Brendan, and Watty, Kim (2010) To appease or educate: accounting academics' conceptions of and approaches to feedback. In: Papers from British Accounting Association Accounting Education Special Interest Group Annual Conference, pp. 1-24. From: Annual conference of British Accounting Association Special Interest Group Education, 26-28 May 2010, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A review of educational research reveals that feedback is critical for learning. If feedback is necessary for learners to construct knowledge, then feedback is central to pedagogy. This study aimed to investigate conceptions of, and approaches to, assessment feedback amongst accounting academics in Australia. Groups of accounting academics were interviewed on their practices, intentions and perceptions relating to feedback. Data were analysed using a phenomenographic approach to categorise conceptions of and approaches to feedback. Following our initial analysis we found conceptions of feedback ranging from didactic to dialogic. Approaches to feedback ranged from personalised and individual to generic and to the group. We also found a striking commonality in the accounting academic’s experience of feedback; that feedback is a locus of mismatch in expectations. These preliminary results are discussed with reference to the literature. As approaches to feedback are implemented in the context of high student numbers and low resources, another list of good feedback practices is unlikely to be useful. We suggest that reflecting upon one's conceptions of good feedback might help accounting academics to improve their assessment practice and thus, student learning.

Item ID: 17625
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
Keywords: feedback, accounting education, phenomenography
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Funders: Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Projects and Grants: Feedback in accounting education
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 04:44
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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