ERIC Number: ED232580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Use of Student Evaluations to Improve Instruction. AIR 1983 Annual Forum Paper.
Bingman, Richard M.
A pilot project designed to link more effectively instructional improvement to student evaluation was undertaken at The University of Missouri at Kansas City. Attention was focused on graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) in seven academic units. Students rated their GTA instructors, and interpretations of the evaluation results were provided to a sample of the GTAs. At the same time, the GTAs were provided followup assistance to help improve their instructional practices (i.e., seminars on how to improve lecturing, set objectives, utilize feedback, and design tests). A comparison group of GTAs received a printout of the data analysis, but no followup interpretation or training services. A pre-post (ex post facto) experimental design was utilized to compare student evaluations for 1 year for five experimental group GTAs and seven comparison group GTAs. The results indicate that the provision of interpretations of student ratings and followup assistance were effective in reaching six of seven objectives. Implications and future issues for colleges and universities using student reactions for general staff improvement, peer-tutorial, and supplemental programs are discussed. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (Toronto, Ontario, May 23-26, 1983).