The Impact of Feedback in Higher Education

Improving Assessment Outcomes for Learners

  • Michael Henderson
  • Rola Ajjawi
  • David Boud
  • Elizabeth Molloy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Feedback That Makes a Difference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Henderson, Rola Ajjawi, David Boud, Elizabeth Molloy
      Pages 3-14
    3. Michael Henderson, Rola Ajjawi, David Boud, Elizabeth Molloy
      Pages 15-34
  3. Expanding Notions of Feedback Impact

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Joanna Tai, Phillip Dawson, Margaret Bearman, Rola Ajjawi
      Pages 37-50
    3. Elizabeth Molloy, Christy Noble, Rola Ajjawi
      Pages 83-105
    4. Jochem E. J. Aben, Filitsa Dingyloudi, Anneke C. Timmermans, Jan-Willem Strijbos
      Pages 107-125
  4. Pedagogies of Feedback Impact

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Ernesto Panadero, Anastasiya Lipnevich, Jaclyn Broadbent
      Pages 147-163
    3. Margaret Bearman, Walter Eppich, Debra Nestel
      Pages 165-188
    4. Jocelyn M. Lockyer, Heather A. Armson, Karen D. Könings, Marygrace Zetkulic, Joan Sargeant
      Pages 189-204
  5. Visibility of Impact

  6. Implications for Research and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Rola Ajjawi, David Boud, Michael Henderson, Elizabeth Molloy
      Pages 245-265
    3. Michael Henderson, Elizabeth Molloy, Rola Ajjawi, David Boud
      Pages 267-285
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 287-303

About this book


This book asks how we might conceptualise, design for and evaluate the impact of feedback in higher education. Ultimately, the purpose of feedback is to improve what students can do: therefore, effective feedback must have impact. Students need to be actively engaged in seeking, sense-making and acting upon any information provided to them in order to develop and improve. Feedback can thus be understood as not just the giving of information, but as a complex process integral to teaching and learning in which both teachers and students have an important role to play. The editors challenge us to ask two fundamental questions: when does feedback make a difference, and how can we recognise that impact? This volume draws together leading international researchers across diverse disciplines, offering promising directions for both research and practice.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Henderson
    • 1
  • Rola Ajjawi
    • 2
  • David Boud
    • 3
  • Elizabeth Molloy
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital LearningDeakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital LearningDeakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Medical EducationUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25111-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25112-3
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