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ERIC Number: ED185931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Humanism Begins at Home.
Stimac, Michele
Pepperdine Commentator, v1 n1 p7-12 Fall 1976
The trend of student evaluation of college faculty performance is documented, and implications for humanization of the university are considered. Research in the area of teacher evaluation is cited, and it is proposed that reviews of the literature on student evaluations indicate by and large that student ratings are reliable and valid, even though there is a large body of dissenting opinion. Students have obtained significant influence in evaluation of teaching effectiveness, and administrators are thought to be viewing student evaluation of teacher effectiveness as more reliable and valid than colleague evaluation or informal observation. There still remains the question of how feedback on teacher performance can be used constructively for teacher growth and improvement. Evidence seems to support the notion that teacher morale has declined decidedly on many campuses. It is suggested that if inept methods of evaluation and accountability pressures cause poor morale of faculty members, there is a need for reanalysis of the issues. Clarification of whether evaluation of instructors is to improve teaching effectiveness or to determine who will be promoted or tenured is needed. Student ratings need to be carefully weighed in view of the complexity of the nature of the process. Until further research is accomplished to develop sophisticated and tested evaluation forms, current student evaluation should be kept in perspective. (SW)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A