ERIC Number: ED240901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-25
Reference Count: 0
Evaluations by Students in Mathematics Courses of the Effectiveness of Teaching.
Prather, James E.; And Others
The extent to which students' ratings of teacher performance in mathematics courses are reliable, valid, and unbiased was investigated. Data on 746 courses by 52 faculty members over a 4-year period were used in a multiple regression analysis. It was found that students gave higher evaluations to faculty members when the students had previously taken a course with the faculty member. This evidence suggests that the measure of students'"repeating" with faculty members can be a valid indicator of teaching effectiveness. However, student ratings and the repeat measure are subject to the same biases. Teacher personality, student motivation, and orientation could affect the repeat measure in a manner similar to their effect on student ratings of teacher effectiveness. The variables having a moderately strong, positive association with students' ratings include: average number of repeats, percent of lecture courses taught, average grades in the course, number of previous courses taken, percent of lower level courses taught, total average grade point average (GPA) and percent of reading and research tutorials taught. Negative factors are: average GPA of students in the course, percent of students withdrawing, attendance rate of students, number of courses taught, class size, and percent of courses taught at upper level. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (Louisville, KY, January 25, 1984).