Feedback

The research is clear: effective feedback practices can greatly improve student learning and teaching quality. Use these evidence-based, practical tools to introduce or enhance feedback in your setting.

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These feedback resources were produced through a partnership between Evidence for Learning and AITSL.

Understand the research

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Academics have devoted years and thousands of pages to collating evidence about effective feedback and how to apply it. The resources provided below capture and summarise this research, so you can understand how and why feedback works.

Video case studies

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    Written case studies

    Real-world insights into how feedback practices have been introduced into a range of education contexts.

    Implementation resources

    User guide

    A quick reference guide to the AITSL resources available to support a focus on effective feedback strategies.

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    User guide

    AITSL has published resources to help school leaders and teachers introduce evidence-based, effective feedback practices. This guide provides an overview of these materials that are designed to build knowledge and to support planning, implementation and evaluation.

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    Readiness check

    Are you ready to introduce a change in practice across your context?

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    Readiness check

    Use with the leadership team, a small group overseeing implementation or all staff to identify structures, systems and processes already in place that can be used to support the implementation of feedback practices.

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    Planning

    In this phase you will make a plan to implement feedback in your context.

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    PowerPoint – Effective feedback

    Use this workshop slide deck to engage staff in building knowledge about effective feedback, reflecting on current practice and planning for implementation.

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    USER GUIDE
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    Planning overview

    This tool enables you to record key decisions on implementation support systems, feedback practices to be introduced, timelines, monitoring and evaluation of impact.

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    Strategy: Learning intentions and success criteria

    Learning intentions and success criteria are used to clarify the focus of the learning and to measure success. This resource provides guidance on what to consider when introducing learning intentions and success criteria, practical techniques and links to further information.

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    Strategy: Peer feedback

    Peer feedback can be a powerful tool for enhancing student understanding and growth. This resource provides guidance on effective peer feedback practices, what to consider when introducing these into the classroom and links to further information.

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    Strategy: Professional learning communities

    Professional learning communities (PLCs) provide an avenue for teachers to work collaboratively to translate research into practice, develop and refine new strategies, plan learning sequences, analyse data and evaluate impact. This resource provides guidance on what to consider when introducing professional learning communities, practical techniques and links to further information.

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    Implementation

    This is the phase when you put the plan into action.

    This phase involves:

    • enacting the implementation plan
    • working collaboratively to build knowledge, share successes and develop practice
    • monitoring progress
    • managing challenges
    • adapting the implementation plan and approach if required.
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    Feedback case studies

    Review and discuss the feedback case studies to help your team reflect on the implementation support and feedback practices you have introduced into your own context.

    Evaluation

    Evaluating the impact of changes in feedback practices is essential and should be considered from the outset. Evaluation reveals barriers and enablers, the level of impact on student learning and outcomes, and is the basis for a decision on whether or not to continue with the introduced approach.

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    Evaluating impact

    A tool that provides information about evaluation, including possible data sources and types, and the need to triangulate data during analysis.

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    Evaluation questionnaire

    A series of survey questions that can be uploaded to an online survey tool. The questions are designed to obtain feedback from teachers about developments in knowledge and practice, as well as the effectiveness of support systems, such as professional learning activities.

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