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'I was really upset and it put me off': The emotional impact of assessment feedback on first-year undergraduate students

Holmes, Andrew G D

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Assessment feedback can have an emotional impact on students. This qualitative research contributes to the existing body of literature on students' emotional reactions to assessment feedback by investigating the negative responses to summative feedback experienced by first-year students at two UK universities. The majority of the learners interviewed indicated that their initial first-year feedback had a negative emotional impact and demotivated them. For some students, these negative emotions were very serious and led them to consider leaving university. Negative emotions were related to the written feedback provided, the grade received, and the student's expectations about both. Potential solutions to mitigate first-year students' negative emotional reactions to summative assessment feedback are provided.

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Holmes, A. G. D. (2023). 'I was really upset and it put me off': The emotional impact of assessment feedback on first-year undergraduate students. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 11(2), 62-74. https://doi.org/10.56433/jpaap.v11i2.529

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2023
Publication Date Jul 10, 2023
Deposit Date Jul 11, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 11, 2023
Journal Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
Publisher Edinburgh Napier University
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 62-74
DOI https://doi.org/10.56433/jpaap.v11i2.529
Keywords Assessment; First-year students; Emotional reactions to assessment feedback; Pedagogy; First-year student experience; Summative assessment; Assessment literacy
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4331151

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