ERIC Number: ED177642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Student Feedback on the Improvement of Instruction.
Trank, Douglas M.
Fifty-four college rhetoric classes and their instructors were involved in an investigation of the extent to which student feedback gathered during the process of a course could improve instruction--or students' perception of that instruction--in a semester. At midterm, the classes were divided randomly into three groups. The first group of 18 were not administered a midterm evaluation by their instructors. During the eighth week of the semester, the Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT) form was administered to the 36 classes in the second two groups. Approximately a week after the instructors had administered these forms to their classes, each received a computer summary of individual results. The second group of instructors received only this printout, while the third group received the printout and also met with a faculty advisor to discuss the results. They also discussed the results with their respective classes. During the final week of classes, the same form was administered to all classes in the three groups. The results showed no significant differences between the two feedback groups nor between the two feedback groups and the control group. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Research prepared at the University of Iowa