ERIC Number: ED290377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-27
Using Student Evaluations To Improve Teaching and Make Personnel Decisions.
The literature concerning the use of student evaluations to improve college teaching and to help make decisions concerning tenure and promotion is reviewed, along with ways that several colleges have used these evaluations to improve the quality of teaching. Many studies indicate that properly-administered, well-constructed rating forms can provide reliable and valid information concerning teacher effectiveness and can help identify weaknesses and strengths in the teaching-learning process. To be used effectively, evaluation forms must be analyzed systematically and the results communicated to the faculty in a way to enhance their professional development. The most important use of student evaluations is to improve classroom instruction. Student evaluations can be combined with peer and self-evaluation to improve teaching quality. Student ratings are increasingly being used for decisions concerning tenure and promotion. The issue of making teacher evaluations public is addressed. It is recommended that when student evaluations are used, they should clearly indicate which elements of a course need change. The college should also make training opportunities available so that teachers can strengthen their knowledge and skills. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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