Do We Really Learn From Our Mistakes?

The Learning Project


“If there’s one thing we learn from History it’s that we learn nothing from History” Hegel (perhaps)

We had an interesting HoD meeting where the theme was feedback.  We had just conducted a Book Look and we were meeting to discuss the findings.  We discussed many issues such as regularity of feedback, forms (verbal, written etc.) and also why we might provide feedback in the first place.  The purpose was definitely not to impose a feedback routine or method but we were interested in close-the-gap feedback and ways of getting students to engage with that feedback.  In our table discussion involving several departments, we discussed gainfully the different ways that feedback might be structured for different purposes such as to encourage, to highlight errors, to show the way, to increase motivation or aspiration.  We broadly concluded that the form of feedback probably needs to be planned in advance to target…

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