Developing a Tool for Successful Feedback Practice in Postgraduate Supervision Practice in a Cross-cultural Context

Elke STRACKE
University of Canberra, Australia
elke.stracke@canberra.edu.au

Theresa WINCHESTER-SEETO
Macquarie University, Australia
theresa.winchesterseeto@mq.edu.au

Joelle VANDERMENSBRUGGHE
University of Canberra, Australia
joelle.vandermensbrugghe@canberra.edu.au

Sylvia ALSTON
University of Canberra, Australia
sylvia.alston@canberra.edu.au

Abstract

Feedback lies at the heart of any learning experience, and giving and receiving feedback is an important and integral part of postgraduate supervision practice. The complexity of the feedback process is, however, not always recognised and the practice not discussed by candidates and supervisors. The mismatches this creates are often exacerbated by cross-cultural differences that constitute a challenge and an opportunity for postgraduate supervision in a globalized world. Previous work (see, for example http://first.edu.au/?page_id=1929) and research (see, for instance, Kumar & Stracke, 2007; Winchester-Seeto et al., 2013) have emphasized the importance of supervisors’, candidates’, academic developers’ and staff working with HDR (Higher Degree by Research) students’ awareness, knowledge and skills in giving and receiving feedback in the HDR context.

In this roundtable we will present and discuss a tool that we have developed to help HDR candidates and supervisors achieve mutual understanding of what is expected regarding feedback.

Suggested questions for discussion could be:

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