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Comparability of perceived feedback across culturally different nations

Vries, Jitske de (2018) Comparability of perceived feedback across culturally different nations.

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Abstract:Feedback in the classroom is an important factor in increasing educational outcomes of students. One of the studies that takes feedback into account in its surveys is the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is administered in as many as 73 countries all over the world. Research, however, indicates that what feedback actually means might differ across culturally different nations. An important characteristic of culture is a nation’s tendency to be either more individualistic or collectivistic oriented. This difference in meaning might result in a decrease in usability of the feedback scale, as comparisons across countries are less meaningful. This research aimed to investigate the feasibility of the feedback scale as currently posed by PISA through (1) investigating whether measurement invariance holds across culturally different nations, and (2) assessing the impact of model fit of the feedback scale with regard to educational outcomes. The results of the first research question showed that there are indications that measurement invariance does not completely hold for the feedback scale across culturally different nations. However, the analysis of the impact in the second research question showed that the current feedback scale can be used regardless of the inability to hold measurement invariance. For future measurement of feedback, it is advisable to replace some questions of the scale in order to be able to measure broader aspects of feedback. Further investigations into the measurement of feedback across cultural countries are needed to assess the missing aspects of feedback in the current scale.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology, 80 pedagogy, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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