Emotions and cognitive appraisals associated with feedback at university

Anna Rowe

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


Purpose: To determine key emotions involved in formative feedback situations and their underlying cognitive appraisals. Originality: Students value feedback for emotional reasons as well as a direct aid to the learning process (Rowe, 2011). Empirical studies explicitly investigating discrete emotions in feedback are lacking particularly in higher education. Key literature / theoretical perspective: Educational psychologists are now highlighting the importance of emotional aspects of learning (Pekrun & Stephens, 2010). Design/methodology/approach: A prototype and cognitive appraisal approach is used to analyse interview data with students and lecturers from an Australian university, who were asked a series of questions about the role and functionality of emotions within learning and teaching. Findings: Findings of a content and thematic analysis will be discussed in relation to five dimensions of feedback; timing, content, mode, the source and recipient. Practical and Social implications: This research will contribute to educational literature focused on developing ways to assist students and lecturers capitalise on all their emotions, thus providing an alternative to the current focus on managing cognitive aspects of learning and/or negative emotions such as exam stress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-82
Number of pages2
JournalExpo 2011 Higher Degree Research : book of abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventHigher Degree Research Expo (7th : 2011) - Sydney
Duration: 10 Oct 201111 Oct 2011


  • cognitive appraisals
  • emotions
  • feedback
  • higher education


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