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Issues in Educational Research, 2020, Vol 30(4), 1576-1595.
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Interviews with secondary school students: Perceptions of feedback

Rebecca Walker, Rhonda Oliver and Ross Mackenzie
Curtin University, Australia

Students are a key part of the learning and teaching feedback process. Hence their understandings, experiences and perceptions can provide valuable contributions in the identification of effective feedback practices. This paper reports on a study conducted within a larger research project which examined secondary school students' perceptions of the feedback they receive and provide. Focus group interviews were conducted with 42 students, across the school years 7 to 12, at a public senior high school in Western Australia. Students reported clear and articulated feedback preferences that they perceived would assist their learning. In particular, they nominated the importance of feedback that was individual and directional. This research contributes to a growing body of research which recognises the importance of student voice in learning and teaching approaches.
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Authors: Dr Rebecca Walker is a senior lecturer at Curtin University in the role of Deputy Head of School of Education. She has had extensive teaching experience both in the metropolitan and rural areas of Western Australia and overseas. Her research interests include assessment, online initial teacher education, work integrated learning, and social justice in education.
Email: rebecca.m.walker@curtin.edu.au
ORCID ID 0000-0002-2063-9683

Professor Rhonda Oliver is Head, School of Education, Curtin University, Western Australia. She has researched extensively about second language acquisition, especially in relation to child language learners, but has also conducted research on language learners in high schools and universities. Recently she has undertaken work in the area of Aboriginal education.
Email: rhonda.oliver@curtin.edu.au
ORCID ID 0000-0001-6233-8750

Mr Ross Mackenzie is a Curtin University tutor for pre-service teachers. An experienced early years and primary educator, he is currently working on his candidacy for PhD research integrating education, law and technology.
Email: ross.mackenzie@curtin.edu.au
ORCID ID 0000-0003-4063-5775

Please cite as: Walker, R., Oliver, R. & Mackenzie, R. (2020). Interviews with secondary school students: Perceptions of feedback. Issues in Educational Research, 30(4), 1576-1595. http://www.iier.org.au/iier30/walker.pdf

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