Closing the feedback loop: an investigation and analysis of student evaluations of peer and staff assessments in music performance

Daniel, Ryan J. (2007) Closing the feedback loop: an investigation and analysis of student evaluations of peer and staff assessments in music performance. In: Proceedings of the XXIXth Annual Conference. Music Education Research, Values and Initiatives . pp. 28-31. From: Australian Association for Research in Music Education XXIXth Annual Conference , 2-4 July 2007, Perth, WA, Australia.

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This paper offers a window on an ongoing project in evaluation and assessment in higher education, and in particular, focuses on the development of a holistic feedback environment that includes an extensive process of providing feedback on feedback. Early research evidence identified the benefits for students participating in peer assessment in the area of music performance, and which supports the significant body of literature that refers to the advantages of applying peer assessment mechanisms towards the development of critical evaluation and assessment skills. The most recent phase in the research project involved the establishment of a methodology to explore in detail the perceived value of feedback provided to students by both staff and peers, via the development of a survey completed anonymously and which required both qualitative and quantitative evaluations and reflections. Specifically, the data analysis encompassed an exploration of the number and type of comments presented by staff and peers, the relative differences between students of different year levels, staff assessments vis-a-vis students, and feedback on the received feedback. The findings propose a number of insights into the validity of assessment received by both staff and students, highlights the potential impact for those receiving a range of evaluations, and evidences the need for an ongoing process of review of evaluation and assessment practices in the light of participant experience.

Item ID: 3036
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9803116-3-1
Keywords: music education
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Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 00:37
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