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Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through Student Feedback in Social Sciences - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843346555, 9781780633527

Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through Student Feedback in Social Sciences

1st Edition

Editors: Chenicheri Sid Nair Patricie Mertova
eBook ISBN: 9781780633527
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346555
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 8th February 2013
Page Count: 230
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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables


About the authors

Chapter 1: Playing broken telephone with student feedback: the possibilities and issues of transformation within a South African case of a collegial rationality model of evaluation


Contextual background

Institutional context

Academic perceptions and the use of student feedback

Improving quality

Enabling student ‘voice’

Increasing student ownership

Educational value for students

Conclusion: critical concerns arising from this context

Chapter 2: Listening to students’ voices to enhance their experience of university







Chapter 3: Feedback cycles or evaluation systems? A critical analysis of the current trends in student feedback in Austrian social sciences



The ‘peculiar sector’: an overview of the Austrian higher education system

From ‘teaching censorship’ to ‘quality assurance’: a brief historical tour of Austrian feedback mechanisms in higher education

Emerging trends

Relevance of student feedback in Austrian social sciences

Chapter 4: Synchronous feedback: receiving feedback from international students



Interactive communication

Delivering feedback

Problems with synchronous online feedback


Chapter 5: Using programme-level student feedback: The Chinese University of Hong Kong



To what end: quality education

Institutional context

Feedback mechanisms and processes

Student feedback (how, when and to whom)

Comparative practices in selected programmes

Response to student feedback

Key features and future actions

Reflections on practice

Chapter 6: Usefulness of student feedback: the Singapore experience



Types and importance of student feedback

Emotional aspects of learning, personal growth and identity

Student support and context

Background to NIE study

Methodology of NIE study

Findings of NIE study

Discussion and implications of NIE study



Chapter 7: Teacher perceptions of the introduction of student evaluation of teaching in Japanese tertiary education



The introduction of student evaluation of teaching (SET) in Japanese tertiary education

The present study

Discussion of findings

Implications: how can evaluation be improved?

Chapter 8: Improvements to formative feedback: views of staff and students



Background to the study

Definitions of feedback

Staff views on formative feedback provided to students

Student views on formative feedback provided to them

Suggestions for improvement in the provision of formative feedback


Chapter 9: Emerging trends and approaches in the student voice in the social sciences



Key trends, issues and approaches

Concluding remarks



This title is the second Chandos Learning and Teaching Series book that explores themes surrounding enhancing learning and teaching through student feedback. It expands on topics covered in the previous publication, and focuses on social science disciplines. The editors previously addressed this gap in their first book Student Feedback: The cornerstone to an effective quality assurance system in higher education. In recent years, student feedback has appeared in the forefront of higher education quality, in particular the issues of effectiveness and the use of student feedback to affect improvement in higher education teaching and learning, and also other areas of student tertiary experience. This is an edited book with contributions by experts in higher education quality and particularly student feedback in social science disciplines from a range of countries, such as Australia, Europe, Canada, the USA, the UK and India. This book is concerned with the practices of evaluation and higher education quality in social science disciplines, with particular focus on student feedback.

Key Features

  • The first book of its kind on student feedback specific to social sciences and will be a scholarly resource for all stakeholders to enhance learning/teaching through student feedback
  • Will interrogate student feedback in social science disciplines, on the basis of establishing a better understanding of its forms, purposes and effectiveness in learning
  • Contributions come from experienced academics, experts and practitioners in the area


Academics, managers and leaders involved in tertiary education worldwide, as well as administrators in the secondary schools system; Academics and researchers researching various aspects of pedagogies and practices of learning/teaching and assessment in social sciences; Practitioners from national and international quality assurance and accreditation agencies and other agencies with interest in higher education enhancement.


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"Offering examples from around the world, in face-to-face as well as online learning, they demonstrate that student feedback is essential in improving learning outcomes in the social sciences, especially in areas such as communication and problem solving. They give practical guidelines on the design of evaluation within social science disciplines such as education, sociology, psychology, and economics.", February 2014
"This book was an interesting read and gave me a solid overview of both the theoretical background of the subject (and its purpose) as well as examples of international best practice. This would make a useful book for anyone working directly in student feedback settings and would enable them to appreciate both the “why” of feedback as well as giving clear suggestions on improving the “how”."--Managing Information

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About the Editors

Chenicheri Sid Nair

Professor Chenicheri Sid Nair is currently with the Centre for Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. Prior to his appointment to UWA, he was Quality Adviser (Research and Evaluation) in the Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ) at Monash University, Australia. He has an extensive expertise in the area of quality development and evaluation, and he also has considerable editorial experience. Currently, he is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE). Prior to this he was also a Managing Editor of the Electronic Journal of Science Education (EJSE). Professor Nair is also an international consultant in a number of countries in quality and evaluations.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Western Australia, Australia

Patricie Mertova

Dr Patricie Mertova is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Education, University of Oxford, England. She was previously a Research Officer at the University of Queensland, and, prior to that, a Research Fellow in the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) and the Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ), Monash University, Australia. She has recently completed her PhD focusing on the academic voice in higher education quality. She has research expertise in the areas of higher education and higher education quality. Her background is also in the areas of linguistics, translation, cross-cultural communication and foreign languages.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Oxford, UK