Providing and Recieving Feedback
My experiences of providing and receiving feedback?
Reflecting on what I do sometimes I have been concerned that I focus too much on examination technique for my own students and trainees as opposed to the performance itself.SO often Ive seen student fail to excell as a result of a lack of a structured approach to their own clinical exams.
So what of my own reflections of feedback on my teaching.
I can honestly say I have not received any feedback which has been critical in nature about any aspect of my teaching. This is likely to be because
- People do not like to criticise their colleagues openly
- The relative effort made to teach by some clinicians is so poor that anything is better than nothing
- Feedback systems are implemented as part of a tick box exercise 'given feedback'
I can recall the last course I went on where I wasn't required to give feedback, and it was a very good course! If we are taught that people learn in 20 minute sections, or cannot concentrate for more than 40 minutes, I would be surprised if there is a single higher medical course running which works on these grounds.
What of my own feedback to others? Limited to the above points
- Its difficult to criticise bad teachers openly. The flaws are often academically, culturally or personally sensitive.
- The problems are so clear to the student (me) that the teacher is lacking so much insight they are unlikely to benefit from comments
- I find myself consistently having to give feedback. I can rarely recall it being purely confidential
Only when the feedback is confidential will I say what I actually think, and I don't mean folding up the piece of paper and handing it back to the lecturer in a group.