Appraisals linked to merit pay or performance-related pay is a controversial issue. Many psychological studies defend people’s motivation when generated through praise and reward in different environments over other studies, which defend the long-run benefits of punishment because it enhances socially beneficial cooperation (Gätcher et al., 2008).
However, no one can deny the findings by top educationalist Professor John Hattie about the influence of feedback “just in time” to enable the learner to reflect in his/her positives and negatives and, most importantly, to then respond to that feedback. Through this, Hattie found that ‘speed of learning doubles following effective feedback….praise, punishment, reward being the most effective forms of feedback’ (Hattie, 2008, p.31). Hattie goes further and suggests the use of feedback as part of the appraisal process (Waack, 2014).
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This ‘In Brief’ Article originally appeared in the December 2015 edition of UKEdMagazine – Click here to view the online editions.