Return to academic standards: a critique of student evaluations of teaching effectiveness

Return to academic standards: a critique of student evaluations of teaching effectiveness A student evaluation of teaching effectiveness (SETE) is often the most influential information in promotion and tenure decision at colleges and universities focused on teaching. Unfortunately, this instrument often fails to capture the lecturer's ability to foster the creation of learning and to serve as a tool for improving instruction. In fact, it often serves as a disincentive to introducing rigour. This paper performs a qualitative (e.g. case studies) and quantitative (e.g. empirical research) literature review of student evaluations as a measure of teaching effectiveness. Problems are highlighted and suggestions offered to improve SETEs and to refocus teaching effectiveness on outcome-based academic standards. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality Assurance in Education Emerald Publishing

Return to academic standards: a critique of student evaluations of teaching effectiveness

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0968-4883
DOI
10.1108/09684880310462074
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Abstract

A student evaluation of teaching effectiveness (SETE) is often the most influential information in promotion and tenure decision at colleges and universities focused on teaching. Unfortunately, this instrument often fails to capture the lecturer's ability to foster the creation of learning and to serve as a tool for improving instruction. In fact, it often serves as a disincentive to introducing rigour. This paper performs a qualitative (e.g. case studies) and quantitative (e.g. empirical research) literature review of student evaluations as a measure of teaching effectiveness. Problems are highlighted and suggestions offered to improve SETEs and to refocus teaching effectiveness on outcome-based academic standards.

Journal

Quality Assurance in EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2003

Keywords: Evaluation; Performance; Effectiveness; Students

References

  • Student rating: myths versus research facts
    Aleamoni, L.
  • Typical faculty concerns about evaluation of teaching
    Aleamoni, L.
  • Students do rate different academic fields differently
    Cashin, W.
  • Customers vs products: adopting an effective approach to business students
    Emery, C.; Kramer, T.; Tian, R.
  • Communicating student ratings to decision makers: design for good practice
    Franklin, J.; Theall, M.
  • Can evaluating instruction improve teaching?
    McKeachie, W.

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