Journal article

Psychological safety in feedback: What does it look like and how can educators work with learners to foster it?

Christina E Johnson, Jennifer L Keating, Elizabeth K Molloy

MEDICAL EDUCATION | WILEY | Published : 2020


CONTEXT: Feedback conversations play a central role in health professions workplace learning. However, learners face a dilemma: if they engage in productive learning behaviours (such as asking questions, raising difficulties, offering opinions or contesting ideas), they risk exposing their limitations or offending the educator. This highlights the importance of psychological safety in encouraging learners to candidly engage in interactive dialogue and the co-construction of knowledge. Previous research has recommended that building safety, trust or an educational alliance is key to productive feedback encounters. Yet it is unclear how to translate this into practice. Hence our research quest..

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