ERIC Number: ED034715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Student Ratings of Their Instructor on the Student's Achievement and Rating. Final Report.
Murdock, Royal P.
A study was conducted to determine the effects of student evaluation of teachers on teaching effectiveness and on student ratings of their instructor. The effectiveness of student evaluations as a measure of teacher merit were also observed. Subjects were the students of four psychology instructors, all of whom taught separate sessions of the same course for two successive quarters and used the same textbook. On the first day of the winter quarter all students were given an exam under the pretext of obtaining data for an independent experiment. Achievement was measured by the improvement on a second exam given the last day of class, at which time students were asked to rate their instructor. During the spring quarter an identical procedure was followed except that the instructor was aware, as he had not been the previous quarter, that evaluations would be used. Major conclusions: The instructor's knowledge that he would be rated by his students (1) did not improve his effectiveness as measured by achievement tests and (2) tended to improve the rating given the instructor by the students. There was a low but significant relationship between the student's rating of how much he had learned and his test achievement. The student's evaluation of the effectiveness of a particular instructor were as valid as similar evaluations by the department chairman when compared to achievement test scores. (Achievement test, rating scale, and analyses of variance results are included.) (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.