ERIC Number: ED027838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
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Some Observations on the Relationships Between Research Productivity and Student Evaluations of Courses and Teaching.
Stallings, William A.; Singhal, Sushila
"Does the good researcher tend to be a good teacher, and vice versa?" University administrators contend that teaching and research are equally important, though students claim that researchers neglect teaching and professors claim that only their research efforts are rewarded. In this study, course and instructor evaluations were defined by scores obtained from analysis of student course evaluations; research productivity was defined by scores derived from a weighted combination of number of books, articles, technical reports, bulletins and book reviews published over a given period. A Course Evaluation Questionnaire (CEQ) was developed. Data were obtained for those instructors who had given the CEQ at least once during Spring 1965-Fall 1966, and had been listed in "Publications of the Faculty" for that period. A sample of 128 subjects included: 49 full professors, 24 associate professors, 35 assistant professors, and 20 instructors--figures proportionately representative of the faculty on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. Results showed that student perceptions of the courses were significantly correlated with a measure of research productivity, thus lending support to the assertion that a productive researcher tends to be a good teacher, and vice versa. Future studies are suggested. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Office of Instructional Resources.