"How to Encourage Student Voice: Obtaining Effective Feedback from Law Students in Course Evaluation"Legal Education Review
2019, Vol 29, Issue 1, pp. 1-28
Introduction: Effective feedback allows teachers to review, reflect and improve their teaching practices. Fullan argues that it is only through reflection at the personal, group and organization levels that teachers will begin to question their own practices and think differently about classroom practice and teaching and learning. Meaningful reflection is to ‘offer ways of questioning taken-for-granted assumptions and encouraging one to see their practice through others’ eyes’, and critically reflective teaching occurs when teachers identify and scrutinize the assumptions that underpin their teaching and the way they work as teachers. Brookfield identifies three ways in which teachers can become reflective using alternative perspectives, and one of these is through the views of the teachers’ own students. Students’ feedback is key to teachers’ reflection as they are no doubt an important stakeholder in the teaching and learning community, and after all, they are closely connected with their teachers’ teaching practices and have the most experience with different teachers. Feedback from students, who are increasingly diverse, provides teachers with different perspectives in their teaching practices and can also cultivate student-centered learning. With more insights into how students learn and what they feel as good (or bad) classroom experiences, it provides a means for teachers to be self-critical and can even provide teachers with a moral aspect to their self-reflection
because it fosters their emotional commitment to teaching and improves their teaching practices... Click here to read the full article.