This study sought to improve the learning outcomes at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Here, missionary trainees aged 19-24 are taught language and doctrine in an accelerated environment. In an effort to improve learning outcomes, the effect of formative feedback provided to students and summary feedback provided to teachers was assessed in a 2x2 factorial design with a separate control group. Four dependent variables were assessed including (a) doctrinal knowledge, (b) knowledge of teaching principles, (c) language grammar, and (d) ability to speak in a foreign language. The results showed that students who received immediate formative feedback outperformed students who did not receive such feedback. However, providing summary feedback to teachers did not lead to an increase in achievement. The interaction effect was not statistically significant. The results indicated that students who completed formative assessments significantly outperformed students who did not complete such assessments.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Instructional Psychology and Technology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Radford, Brian W., "The Effect of Formative Assessments on Teaching and Learning" (2010). All Theses and Dissertations. 2086.
formative assessments, assessment for learning, teacher feedback, student feedback