ERIC Number: ED308728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Evaluation. A Revised Case Study of a College in The University of North Dakota. North Dakota Economic Studies, Number 50, Revised.
Blackwell, J. Lloyd, III
A model explaining various influences on general student opinions of faculty teaching performance was developed for a college in the University of North Dakota (UND). The goals were to (1) find a way to remove influences of improper criteria from general measures of teaching performance and (2) determine which differences in adjusted general ratings of faculty were jointly statistically significant. General ratings of teachers were measured by the percentages of students rating them in the highest category on a survey form. A multiple regression model relating general ratings to the responses from questions designed to explain the general ratings was used to determine factors that seemed to influence general ratings. This permitted neutralization of improper influences. Results indicated that at least some ranking is possible within reasonably small groups, but the ability to achieve any rank-ordering diminishes dramatically as group size increases. It proved possible to unambiguously rank teaching performance into three categories within a group of 10 faculty, but it was impossible to do so for any categorization within a group with as many as 25 members. Four appendices include: a sample UND student evaluation form; advanced treatment of theory and methodology; statistical results of Generalized Least Squares (GLS) estimation; and statistical results of White's heteroskedasticity-consistent estimation. Contains 15 references. (Author/SM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Quality, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Models, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship
Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Bureau of Business and Economic Research.