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The Influence of Self-Confidence on Perceived and Actual Usefulness of Given Peer Feedback

Mulrane, Christine (2022) The Influence of Self-Confidence on Perceived and Actual Usefulness of Given Peer Feedback.

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Abstract:Feedback is a relevant part of teaching in higher education. Students receive feedback from teachers, reflecting on their achievements indicating how to improve. With teachers’ high workload, a growing student population, giving detailed feedback to everyone, is becoming less realistic. Therefore, peer feedback can be implemented. Students are not experts on topics as teachers are. This paper attempts to assess the perceived and actual usefulness of given peer feedback and whether academic self-confidence can predict both kinds of usefulness. 49 university students gave feedback on an essay and then asked to assess the usefulness of it. The actual usefulness was assessed by the researcher. No significant prediction of perceived or actual usefulness of given feedback from academic self-confidence levels was observed in this study. However, academic experience seems to show a significant influence on the level of actual usefulness. It is recommended to further research implementing trainings to teach students how to give useful feedback. Academic self-confidence was not found to be a significant predictor for perceived and actual usefulness, further research should focus on other personality traits in connection to perceived and actual usefulness of peer feedback, which may help to enhance students’ ability to give useful peer feedback.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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