John Hattie Rading Response

John Hattie has researched the concept of feedback extensively and has defined it from his own perspective. His overarching definition of feedback is that it pertains to information derived from one source, such as a teacher or one’s own experience, that details whether a person has met their goals and what they need to work on. Furthermore, the point of it is to reduce any miscommunication regarding what the recipient knows and what they should know. Overall, I agree with Hattie’s definition of feedback. Specifically, when he references the “four feedback levels”, I find that most of them are applicable in a school setting. One such example would be, after giving a difficult homework assignment, a teacher would provide feedback on whether a student gave the correct answer or not. This would be “task” or “product” feedback. I disagree with the fourth feedback level, which is self-feedback or feedback directed at the one’s self. Hattie mentions that praising the self may be expected by students but does not enhance their achievement or learning. I disagree with this assessment because, in my own personal experience, I have found that when I received positive self-feedback I was more likely to work harder and thus produce better results in the class. I do think people tend to work harder when they feel the work they are doing is recognized and appreciated. A key quality of a teacher is being encouraging and having a good grasp of when to use self-feedback is essential to maintaining and improving the work and work ethic of the student. Being personable also connects to Hattie’s beliefs on feedback, as teachers provide feedback to students, they are more likely to accept feedback if the person seems to be affable.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Robert,

      I appreciate your connecting Hattie's work with your own experience.

      How do you explain the disconnect you see between his model and your experiences?

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