ERIC Number: ED171213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Sources of Information Upon Which to Base Evaluations of College Teaching.
Cashin, William E.
The kinds of information that have been used in the past to evaluate the effectiveness of college teaching are briefly reviewed, and the advantages and disadvantages of eight sources that seem most useful for making such judgments are discussed. Possible sources of information for evaluating an instructor's teaching effectiveness are: classroom visitation; a course portfolio; long-term followup of students; measurement of student achievement; opinions of deans, department heads, and colleagues; self-evaluation; systematic student ratings; and academic advisement. Little importance should be attached to the following sources of information: enrollment in elective courses, grade distributions, informal student opinions, and scholarly research and publication. Since there is no single source of information that is acceptable for evaluating college teaching, it is strongly recommended that several sources be used to evaluate college teaching. These sources should be chosen so that in combination they provide accurate and valid information about all of the individual instructor's teaching responsibilities. Teaching responsibilities of most faculty members would seem to be adequately covered by using systematic student ratings, course portfolios, opinions of colleagues and department heads, and self-evaluation. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Guides, Classroom Observation Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, Evaluation Methods, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Peer Evaluation, Personnel Evaluation, Resource Materials, Self Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation
Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in Higher Education, 1627 Anderson Ave., Box 3000, Manhattan, Kansas 66502
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in Higher Education.