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ERIC Number: ED212324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Should College Faculty Be Rated by Students Using Instruments Developed at the Bargaining Table?
Yess, James P.
Instruments used to rate college teachers should undergo the scientific scrutiny expected of any psychological instrument. The construction of rating instruments through collective bargaining without scientific pilot testing thwarts the desired goal of assisting faculty and administrators in learning about teaching performance. These contentions are supported by a brief discussion of the divergent goals of psychological rating and collective bargaining. The argument is backed by conclusions drawn from a case study of a rating instrument developed in the late 1970s during collective bargaining sessions between faculty union representatives and governing body representatives concerning working conditions at 15 community colleges. An agreement was reached whereby student evaluation, evaluation of course materials, classroom observations, and a composite category of student advisement, college/community service, and professional development, could be used in the process of evaluating faculty for reappointment, tenure, promotion, multiple-year contracts, and/or termination. Student evaluation was given a weight of 40% and the other three criteria each 20% in this process. The 12-item rating instrument contained serious flaws, notably its ambiguity and lack of scientific testing. The paper concludes with recommendations for developing a sound rating instrument within the context of labor/management negotiations. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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