This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol. 26, Issue 3, Author(s): Fiona Copland, “Causes of Tension in Post-observation Feedback in Pre-service Teacher Training: An Alternative View“, Pages 466-472, Copyright Elsevier (April 2010).
A central component in pre-service teacher training is teaching practice and feedback. In some cases, feedback results in disquiet and tension (Brandt, 2008). Many researchers attribute this tension to the incompatibility of the assessment and development roles that the trainer must perform.
However, this research suggests that tension may also be rooted in a difference in expectation amongst trainers and trainees about the purpose and performance of feedback.
This can result in trainees not playing by the rules of the game (Roberts & Sarangi, 2001) either because they do not understand them or because they wish to challenge them.
Brandt, C. Integrating feedback and reflection in teacher preparation, ELT Journal 62 (1) (2008), pp. 37–46.