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Title: An investigation into the use made of written feedback by Taiwanese masters students on disciplinary coursework writing
Author: O'Brien, Lynda
ISNI:       0000 0004 2736 8788
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis reports on an investigation into the use made of the written feedback given to nine Taiwanese Masters students writing academic coursework essays in a UK University. Their experiences are uncovered during a series of interviews undertaken over the period of a full academic year. The resulting data are analysed qualitatively and presented as a collective case study. Findings show the value these students place on feedback to be high but their ability to understand, process and implement it to be limited. These limitations are the result of a number of factors related more often to the situational context of the academic discourse community in which the students study rather than to their cultural/educational background. Situational context and cultural background do, however, overlap where differences in the provision of feedback experienced by the students in different contexts are considered. Suggestions are made for the direction of future research in the area and pedagogical . implications are discussed. It is argued that the generification of written feedback within the broad area of academic writing will help to provide second language students at UK universities, English for Academic Purposes teachers, and academic subject lecturers with a valuable tool to promote clearer understanding amongst those concerned
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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