Theses Doctoral

Dancing With Feedback: Inquiry-based Feedback and Teacher Learning

Conley, Sean P.

The challenges of giving and receiving feedback are regular topics in the popular and business press. This widespread interest in and use of feedback is based upon an assumption that receiving feedback will result in improved performance. A review of the literature indicates that the reality is more complex and that while some feedback does improve performance, much does not. This study explored the use of a feedback protocol, adapted from the world of dance, used by students and faculty in a Master of Arts in Teaching program to provide feedback on student practice teaching sessions. Through focus groups, document review and in-depth interviews with ten of the faculty and students involved, this study sought to understand how participants experienced learning the protocol, in what ways they perceived it to be different from previous experiences of feedback, and how they described the impact of this feedback process on their teaching practice.

In analyzing the data resulted in three prominent themes emerged: well qualified and experienced teacher-educators underwent significant learning through engaging with the inquiry-based protocol, the teachers and students in this study found the protocol to be fundamentally different from even the most well-intentioned approaches they had experienced in the past, and the protocol alleviated many of the problems of unequal power present in other feedback experiences described by the participants.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Organization and Leadership
Thesis Advisors
Volpe, Marie
Yorks, Lyle
Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
Published Here
June 24, 2020