CRADLE Seminar: Measuring feedback literacy & feedback in doctoral studies

Date: Monday 4 March 2024

Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm (AEDT)

We are delighted to present two short talks offering insights from the CRADLE research theme: assessing for learning.

Measuring feedback literacy with Professor Phillip Dawson

Feedback literacy is the capability to engage productively in feedback processes. Since the resurgence of interest in feedback literacy following Carless & Boud’s 2018 paper, there has been several attempts to measure feedback literacy. But can feedback literacy really be quantified? And what does attempting to measure it tell us about feedback literacy? In this talk I will discuss what we have learned developing the Feedback Literacy Behaviour Scale, a free instrument we are currently using in the Australian Research Council funded project Feedback literacy for effective learning at university and beyond.


Feedback practices within PhD supervision with Professor Margaret Bearman

Professional and personal crises are common among doctoral candidates and experiences with feedback may be part of the problem. Feedback is a process that enables university students to gauge their progress, direct their learning and participate in academic debate. However, there is limited understanding of how feedback strategies support doctoral candidates. In this talk, I present the findings of a qualitative framework synthesis of 86 papers. The analysis, sensitised by sociomateriality and a dialogic, sense-making view of feedback, underscores the critical role that feedback plays in doctoral supervision. I draw conceptual insights and offer practical strategies, which can benefit candidates, supervisors and institutions.

This session will be held at Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Docklands and online.