ERIC Number: ED155218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Student and Peer Ratings of College Teaching and Peer Ratings of Research and Service: Four Years of Departmental Evaluation.
Wood, Peter H.
Faculty of the education department of a midwestern university were rated as teachers by both students and peers, and ranked by peers as to their effectiveness in service and research. Student ratings were gathered from three questions on The Student Description of Teaching form, which concerned assessment of the teacher, the is appended. Access to personnel files was provided when colleagues ranked total course experience, and the students' accomplishment in the course. A sample form is appended. Access to personnel files was provided when colleagues ranked departmental faculty members from first to seventh as teachers, researchers, and providers of service. Peer evaluations were also obtained from a Faculty Evaluation Committee which rated departmental faculty members on the basis of their vitae. Four years of rating/ranking indicated that: student ratings were quite reliable and quite stable from year to year, but usually unrelated to peer rankings of teaching. Peer evaluations of teaching, research, and service were similarly stable from year to year; but peer evaluations of research were significantly related to, and possibly biased by, inter-peer association. Peer evaluations of teaching were related both to peer-association and to office location or faculty visibility. Peer evaluation of service was strongly related to committee memberships but relatively unrelated to a faculty association measure. (Author/JAG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)