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Giving and receiving feedback

Research Skills required by PhD students F3: Listen, give and receive feedback and respond...

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9 March 2010

Research Skills required by PhD students F3: Listen, give and receive feedback and respond perceptively to others

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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.

What are the key ground rules for giving and receiving feedback?
Can you give an example of when you have:

  • given feedback effectively but diplomatically?
  • asked for feedback, including indications of what you need from it?
  • received feedback and acted on it?
  • received criticism in a positive and constructive manner?

Can you give examples of good practice in incorporating feedback into your:

  • writing?
  • research planning?
  • Seminar/ conference presentations ?
  • What are the key ground rules for interacting effectively in group discussions?
  • What are the main points to remember in observing others’ performance, in order to give them constructive feedback?

Evidence of this skill

These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.

  • Notes about feedback received and actions taken.
  • Effective notes of supervisory meetings, showing how feedback has been acted on positively and constructively.
  • Chapters or other writing revised effectively
  • An example of incorporating feedback into writing, research planning etc.
  • A record of active participation in group discussions.
  • Record of participating in activities (e.g. training in presentation skills) in which you gave peer assessment.

This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.

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