Peer Feedback

Peer feedback is a valuable way to learn more about this topic by reading and analysing blog posts by other authors, as well as having the opportunity to reflect on and refine one’s own blog posts after receiving comments from others.  Please feel free to add comments and/or questions to any of my posts.

Below, you will find links to two blog posts, which were created by other students of the Master of Education course at QUT.  Under each link, I have reproduced the comments I made for each of these posts.  These comments can also be found on the blogs in question.

1. Nyssa’s annotated bibliography

“You have found a great range of pertinent resources, both Australian and International, including the FitzGerald article, which I also used and found very valuable. Your summaries give me a really good idea of the authors’ goals and focus, with some standing out as must-reads for me in my own research. Having explored Kuhlthau, and Harada and Yoshina, I am keen to dip into Gillon and Stotter, Taylor and Young, Murdoch, and Lehman, in particular. Although my ILA is a Year 10 Geography class, I recently met with the History Co-ordinator to discuss collaborative planning for some History units for next year, with a Guided Inquiry focus. I am really excited (and a bit scared..) about this opportunity, and those resources will prove invaluable, so thank you! Although they are all directly related to History, you have clearly distinguished their varying content, which looks useful in different ways.

If you have time, you might want to edit your summaries to reduce the word count, as some may exceed the recommended length. I would also suggest including the essay as a separate page or post, as it is not easily found from the tabs at the top. One tiny typo in the Callison summary: “exert” instead of “expert”.

By the way, I think your blog looks great. It is clear and easy to read and navigate, plus I love the images :)”

2. Juliette’s Essay

“Juliette, I really enjoyed reading your essay. You have drawn on a wide variety of sources to inform your learning, and have synthesised the authors’ main points in a clear and cohesive fashion. It is great to see how you personally connect with the theories and research mentioned, such as Vygotsky’s Notion of Intervention, and the Goldberg article. Two of the areas upon which you focus – emotions and social context – are crucial to the inquiry process, and you explain this well in your discussion. I liked how you explored Inquiry Learning in general terms, as well as specifically relating this process to your ILA topic of Religion, whilst also examining how more prolific studies, suggestions and frameworks in Humanities subjects can help guide the use of Inquiry Learning in Religion. You concluded your essay strongly, especially by presenting and justifying the Holistic model you will be utiising. I also like this model, as it implies fluidity, as well as connectivity, between stages, it highlights emotions at each stage, and provides clear points of focus along the journey.

You engagement and enthusiasm for Inquiry Learning is evident in your depth of understanding and your writing style and comments. I am sure you will be a fantastic exponent and advocate of IL, and look forward to hearing about your ongoing explorations, practice and experiences in this area.”


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