ERIC Number: ED134622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May-17
Reference Count: 0
Reliability of Student Evaluations of Student Performance. Final Report.
Schrader, Marvin A.; Westphal, Richard
The objectives of the project were to (1) determine whether students making a subjective evaluation of other students will tend to grade their friends higher than others they do not know as well, (2) whether the use of an evaluation instrument reduces the subjectivitiy of student judgment, and (3) what differences there may be between a grade based on a general impression and one based on evaluating particular points. The research-instructor prepared an evaluation form for students to use in subjective grading of other students' performances on 12 points. The evaluators also furnished numerical scores of their overall impressions of the performances. It was found that students gave lower grades when using the evaluation instrument than on the general impression. Students also graded their friends higher by both methods. The study indicated that a more realistic evaluation can be obtained by using an instrument requiring evaluation of several specific points rather than basing the grade on a general overall impression. It was concluded than when an instructor wants assistance in subjective evaluations he may use student evaluations if an effective evaluation instrument is prepared and the students' evaluations are averaged with those of the instructor. Appendices include the instrument used, analysis sheets, summary of scores, and summary analysis sheets. (MF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Lakeshore Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education District, Cleveland, WI.; Lakeshore Technical Inst., Cleveland, WI.