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Bandwith Approach to Supporting Learning

Yesterday's talk by Royce Sadler at the University of Canberra has sent me off on a journey thinking about how learners flourish. I liked Royce's reference to texts from the last forty years. The trail for Royce's talk had started me reflecting on Peter Dowrick's work on feedforward and Ian Franks and Gary Miller’s (1991) paper Training Coaches to Observe and Remember. After Royce's talk I revisited a paper by Kristine Chambers and Joan Vickers (2006) on the Effects of Bandwidth Feedback and Questioning on the Performance of Competitive Swimmers. The paper reported: A coaching intervention involving Bandwidth Feedback and Questioning (BF-Q) on...

Teaching Learners to Notice (2)

Royce Sadler discussed assessment practices in a presentation at the University of Canberra today. In his introduction Royce noted his concerns with feedback and suggested that we must think differently about how to support learners. Royce's presentation was based on a late draft of a book chapter. His first points were about formative and summative assessment and Michael Scriven's work. In his presentation Royce contemplated the assessment of complex works. (See Royce's 1989 paper on some of these issues.) He discussed the characteristics of feedback and noted that it entails "our reactions to the quality of students' work that includes marks, comments, and...

Teaching Learners to Notice: Introduction

The University of Canberra's Teaching and Learning Centre has hosted a presentation by Professor Royce Sadler on assessment and feedback. The title of his talk was  Reworking the concept of feedback: Teaching learners to notice The trail for the presentation was: Teachers in higher education often feel frustrated by the modest impact the feedback they provide on student works seems to have in improving student learning. In this presentation, the dependence on feedback is challenged primarily on the grounds that it involves 'telling'. For students to become self-sustaining producers of high quality intellectual and professional 'goods', they must be progressively equipped...

Feedforward

Introduction Over twenty years ago when I was researching my book Using Video in Sport (1988) I came across Peter Dowrick's work on self-modelling. I have been fascinated by his work ever since. Photo source: this photograph was taken by D Sharon Pruitt. It can be found at Flickr here and is included in this post under Creative Commons 2.0 licence. Background Back in 1980 Peter Dowrick wrote a paper with C Dove entitled 'The use of self-modeling to improve the swimming performance of spina bifida children'. You can download a copy of this paper from the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis here....