ERIC Number: ED252877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Instruments for Evaluating Teaching in Composition Classes: Adaptations at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Hickman, Dixie Elise
Recognizing that no single evaluation instrument or procedure could provide a genuine measure of teaching effectiveness, the University of Southern Mississippi devised an evaluation system specifically designed for composition that consists of four components: student evaluation, observation of classroom activity, evaluation of a set of marked papers, and assessment of writing assignments for the course. The items for the student evaluation were selected with an eye toward whether students could legitimately make the judgment called for. The content for the classroom observation form is almost entirely drawn from the suggestions of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee on Teaching and Its Evaluation in Composition. The first page of the form for evaluating a set of marked papers asks the teacher to provide the background information, in addition to a description of the assignment itself, necessary to evaluate a set of papers and to evaluate someone else's evaluations of those papers. The evaluation of a series of writing assignments consists of questions appropriate for (1) scrutinizing each assignment before the assignment is made, (2) facilitating the revision of assignments and the collection of analytical data for the summary accompanying a set of assignments, and (3) serving as a guide for an evaluation team or for the teacher preparing a self-evaluation or a summary statement concerning the cumulative nature of the course. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (74th, Detroit, MI, November 16-21, 1984).