Pedagogy of feedback on student academic writing : research supervisor practices for the end of the research degree candidature

Hill, Geof W. (2011) Pedagogy of feedback on student academic writing : research supervisor practices for the end of the research degree candidature. In European Association for Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW 2011), 29 June - 1 July, 2011, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

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All academic writing is advanced with the benefit of feedback about the writing. In the case of the academic writing genres of the research proposal and the dissertation, feedback is usually provided by the research supervisor. Given that academic writing development is a process, and in the case of the research proposal and dissertation, writing which develops over time, it seems likely that the nature of feedback on drafts written early in the candidature may be different from feedback provided by the research supervisor later in a student’s candidature. ----- -----

When a research supervisor has been reading a student’s writing over a period of time, their own familiarity with the writing generates a risk to their ability to provide critical and objective feedback. Particularly by the end of a student’s candidature, the research supervisor’s familiarity with the work may cause them to miss elements of writing improvement. ----- -----

The author, as a research supervisor, has developed a feedback grid to facilitate feedback on the final drafts of a dissertation. This feedback grid is generated by the embedded promises in the early sections of the dissertation, which are then used to audit the content of the final sections of the dissertation to ascertain whether promises made have been fulfilled. This provides a strategy for the research supervisor to step back from the work and read the dissertation with the agenda of a dissertation examiner. ----- -----

The grid is one strategy within a broader pedagogy of providing feedback on writing samples.

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ID Code: 41938
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: research supervision, pedagogy, academic writing , HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2011 22:32
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2011 03:50

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