An Experimental Comparison of the Effect of Teacher Versus Self-Evaluation/Self-Reflection Feedback on College Students’ Behavioral Observation Skills

  • Marcie DesrochersEmail author
  • Jie Zhang
  • Stacey Caron
  • Jenna Steinmiller
Original Paper


An experimental investigation of the effectiveness of two types of feedback on college students’ acquisition of behavioral observation skills was conducted. Special education and psychology students completed two training assignments involving behavioral observations of students engaging in problem behavior. Depending on the condition to which they were randomly assigned, participants experienced either teacher or self-evaluation/self-reflection feedback immediately after each assignment was completed. Participants in the teacher feedback condition scored higher on the post-training assignments and viewed it more positively than those in the self-evaluation/self-reflection condition. Additional research is needed to identify the relevant variables contributing to effective teacher feedback since it is a frequent component of instructional situations.


Feedback Behavioral observation Teacher Self-evaluation Self-reflection 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe College at Brockport - State University of New York (SUNY)BrockportUSA
  2. 2.Department of Education and Human DevelopmentThe College at Brockport State University of New YorkBrockportUSA
  3. 3.Psychology DepartmentLa Salle UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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