ERIC Number: ED039860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Effective University Teaching and its Evaluation.
Hildebrand, Milton; Wilson, Robert C.
The major purpose of this study was to characterize effective teaching performance and provide a basis for the evaluation of teaching. Four surveys were conducted in which: (1) students described their best and worst teachers; (2) faculty described the teaching of colleagues they regarded as the best and worst instructors; (3) faculty described the ways they distributed their time among various academic pursuits; and (4) students independently described the teaching of instructors previously rated by other students and faculty. Results indicated: (1) agreement among students, and between faculty and students about the effectiveness of given teachers; (2) best and worst teachers engage in same professional activities, and allocate their time among academic pursuits the same way; (3) student rating of best teachers showed only negligible correlation with academic rank; and (4) a disproportionate number of best teachers taught seminars rather than lecture courses. Eighty-five items, which can be divided in 5 components of effective teaching, characterized best teachers as perceived by students; 54 items, also producing 5 scales, characterized best teachers as perceived by faculty. Nine types of effective teaching were identified using these scales. (AF)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.