ERIC Number: ED091988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
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The MSA (Minnesota Student Association) Method of Teaching Evaluation.
Baker, Jack; Karwoski, Gail Langer
This system of student evaluation of teaching was developed for use at any teaching facility. Based on a 1964 study, the authors postulated that there are six "universal" dimensions of teaching that can be identified in diverse teaching situations. A random sample of 2,000 University of Minnesota students were asked to place "weights" on each of the six teaching behaviors isolated by Isaacson et al. There was no significant difference in the weights applied by last-year students in different colleges. Students were also asked if it were realistic to rate a teacher according to the percentage of time a teacher exhibits an effective teaching behavior. In general, students agreed it was. The finished system asks last-year students to compare the teachers in the student's major department and to state in percentages how often each professor exhibits each behavior. The average rating for each behavior times the applicable weight adds to a "Teaching Proficiency Index." Comparisons between and within departmental faculty are therefore possible without regard to instructional method. Such comparisons are valuable and necessary in order to (1) render the data generated by the student evaluation easily interpreted, and (2) point out the areas as well as the individuals within a University that need attention with regard to improving teaching performance. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Twin Cities Student Assembly, Minneapolis, MN.