The Feedback Process: Engaging Students with Meaningful Comments About their Writing features curriculum and instruction to assist humanities educators with commenting on student drafts. The focus is on students’ non-fiction writing or arguments supported with credible sources. To make a complex process more accessible, this book features strategies for both written and auditory commentary. To make the process more efficient, it includes surveys, feedback models, rubrics, lists of useful comments, and sample student drafts (with commentary). This book draws from classroom research to discuss strategies for managing students’ emotional responses to feedback, as well as instructors using tone and word choice constructively for greater impact on drafts. The Feedback Process ultimately aims to lessen the burden on instructors and educators who comment on a substantial number of papers every semester, with a fresh approach to feedback.
Dr. Karen A. Wink is an English professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. She has taught high school composition and literature courses for 26 years.
Chapter 1: Feedback Process
Chapter 2: Writing Assignments
Chapter 3: Assessment
Chapter 4: Rubrics
Chapter 5: Commenting Vocabulary
Chapter 6: Written Commentary
Chapter 7: Audio Commentary
Chapter 8: Emotional Component
Chapter 9: Feedback on Feedback
Chapter 10: Feed Forward
Appendix I: Terms from Feedback Process
Appendix II: Case Study of Formative and Summative Online Comments for Half- and Final Drafts of Research Paper, English Composition Course
Appendix III: Case Study of Formative and Summative Online Comments for Rough and Final Drafts of Research Paper, Freshman History Course
Appendix IV: Student Survey, Writing Practices and Feedback Process
About the Author
The Feedback Process represents one of those rare instances in which the author manages to integrate current theory, research, and best practices clearly and seamlessly. Instructors are provided with the most effective insights and strategies to implement for the relentless task of providing informative and comprehensible written and auditory commentary for high school and college students constructing persuasive papers across academic disciplines in the humanities. This book is grounded in the thinking that writing for audiences across disciplines is a social act and its effectiveness is enhanced by its dialogic approach to feed-forward. That is to say, the feed-forward process provided by the instructor initiates a dialogue with the student writer to resolve misunderstandings between the instructor’s intentions and the student’s perceptions of those intentions. Dr. Karen A. Wink offers teachers the most comprehensive resource for approaches for initiating commentary on student writing that have potential to improve student writing performance.
Dr. Karen A. Wink has a written a book that has relevant and evidence-based applications not only for high school and higher-education writing instructors but also for any instructors who require writing assignments in their courses and want to be able to give meaningful feedback. The Feedback Process is filled with ready-to-use templates informed by Dr. Wink’s many years of experience as a college writing instructor. If you are facing a stack of student papers and need inspiration and fresh ideas, this is the text for you!
Attending to a crucial—and crucially neglected—aspect of pedagogical instruction, Dr. Karen A. Wink’s clear, specific, and extremely useful guide to providing feedback on student work, The Feedback Process: Engaging Students with Meaningful Comments About their Writing, has much to offer fledgling and seasoned instructors alike.