June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Educational Research and Methods
This is a research paper. The types of feedback provided to students on engineering problem solving tasks are examined in this study. The assessment for learning conceptual framework is adopted, which suggests that assessment tasks should further learning rather than being only summative. In this work the feedback observed on marked midterm tests and final exam papers is coded to investigate whether the feedback aligns with an assessment for learning approach. The types of feedback on the papers was characterized using a hierarchical schema with check marks (basic validating feedback) being the least effective, and textual comments (elaborating feedback) being the most effective. The proposed classification is then used to code graded student test papers (naturalistic data) from three electrical engineering courses. The data includes 7 problems from each course, leading to 21 engineering problems in total. Between 16 and 27 graded student solutions are randomly selected for analysis for each problem. Descriptive and statistical data analysis is carried out. The results demonstrate that poor quality student solutions receive less, and less valuable feedback than high quality student work. The results also exhibit a high degree of variability between types of feedback provided on student work. The findings of this study are useful in informing instructional design and changes to assessment practices.
Memarian, B., & McCahan, S. (2019, June), Analysis of Feedback Quality on Engineering Problem-solving Tasks Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32086
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