ERIC Number: ED160016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Elevating the Importance of Teaching. National Project III. Final Report.
Owens, Richard E.
An in-depth study was conducted of instructional improvement activities at Kansas State University, including a student evaluation instrument of teacher performance, called Instructional Development and Effectiveness Assessment (IDEA). Faculty reactions to the total evaluation system, the use of results for multiple purposes, and the current status of teaching at the university were obtained through structured interviews. User reactions were obtained on the student evaluation instrument, the administrative procedures, the computer report, the interpretive guide, and the activities of the Office of Educational Improvement. A study was conducted to compare pre-test and post-test results for faculty members who have used services provided by the Office of Educational Improvement and those who have not. The relationship between salary increments and teaching effectiveness was also investigated. Among the findings of the assessment program were that faculty members can improve their teaching through the use of a diagnostic tool, and that those who made the greatest gains were motivated to change and had the services of an "expert" available to assist them. It was also noted that not all faculty will, or need to, participate in each faculty development activity; but if enough variety is provided, most faculty members will participate in at least some development activities. (SW)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Evaluation Needs, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Instructional Improvement, Measurement Instruments, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Research Projects, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Participation, Teacher Response
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation.