“They Gave You Alien”: Appreciative Advising and Reflection In Feedback On Teaching Practice In Pre-Service Teacher Training
Article, journal article
This article presents research that explores how Appreciative Advising (AA) features, in which trainers focus on trainee strengths, manifests in feedback talk following teaching practice. The data comes from a larger study on reflective feedback practices. A transcript of a feedback conference between a trainer and two trainees (one high- performing and one low-performing) was first analyzed quantitatively using the AA framework (Bloom, Hutson, & He, 2008), and then qualitatively to identify the elements of AA which form part of reflective feedback talk. The findings indicate that instances of AA features can be identified in reflective feedback and serve as confirmatory feedback, particularly with a high-performing trainee.