The affect and effect of asynchronous written feedback comments on the peer feedback process: An ethnographic case-study approach within one L2 English doctorate writing group

Roger Yallop, Piia Taremaa, Djuddah Leijen

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Abstract

This ethnographic case-study examines the impact of asynchronous written feedback comments on the peer feedback process within one doctorate writing group. The doctorate students were interviewed retrospectively about their perceptions of effective feedback comments. Affective components (e.g. hedging devices) and effective components (e.g. revision comments) within the reviewers' feedback comments, and external components (e.g. reviewer competency) that influence the peer feedback process were induced from the interview transcripts using a grounded theory approach. Further evidence that these identified components impact the feedback process appreciably was triangulated from the analysis of two other datasets; the participants' asynchronous written feedback comments and revision plans. The results show that the participants used much affect in their written feedback exchanges, and this affect had a strong impact on the effect of their feedback process. Thus, written affective language can play a significant role in how an author interprets and implements feedback comments. This suggests that affect can play a prominent role in helping to develop more effective feedback practices within writing groups. Helping writing communities develop a better understanding of affect within asynchronous written feedback comments can only help them to develop more useful feedback practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-594
Number of pages64
JournalJournal of Writing Research
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • peer review
  • academic writing groups
  • doctorate students
  • hedging devices
  • social presence

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