ERIC Number: ED270408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Student Evaluation Feedback: A Meta-Analysis of Higher Education Research.
Menges, Robert J.; Brinko, Kathleen T.
On many campuses, student ratings of courses and teachers are routinely given to instructors as feedback about their teaching. This review applies meta-analytic techniques to 30 studies of the effectiveness of student ratings feedback. The studies met the following criteria: (1) they used student ratings as the primary source of feedback; (2) they investigated post-secondary instruction; (3) they were conducted in the classroom rather than laboratory settings; (4) they employed a control group for comparison purposes; and (5) they stood apart from larger training programs in which the effects of feedback are inseparable from the effects of training. Results indicated that feedback from student ratings alone produces a positive but small effect on subsequent ratings. When ratings were accompanied by consultation and/or other types of feedback, considerably larger positive effects were likely. In the few studies of feedback's effects on student achievement and affect, results were less clear. Future research should: (1) investigate additional dependent variables; (2) more carefully document and investigate feedback implementations; and (3) explore additional characteristics of the recipients of feedback. The studies analyzed in this review are attatched, as well as a listing of those studies which did not meet criteria for meta-analysis (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).