ERIC Number: ED200647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Using Student Ratings to Improve Instruction: A Synthesis of Research Findings.
Cohen, Peter A.
Meta-analytic methodology was applied to integrate findings from 24 comparisons on the effectiveness of student-rating feedback at the college level. On the average, feedback had a modest but significant effect on improving instruction. Instructors receiving mid-semester feedback averaged .14 of a rating point higher on end-of-semester overall ratings than did instructors receiving no mid-semester feedback. This corresponded to a gain of about one-third of a standard-deviation unit, or a percentile gain of 13 points. The effects of student-rating feedback were accentuated when augmentation or consultation accompanied the ratings, and were smaller when investigators controlled statistically for prefeedback ratings. Other study features, such as the length of time available to implement changes and the use of normative data, did not produce different effect sizes. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Effect Size; Meta Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los, Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).