ERIC Number: ED309697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-17
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation That Improves Teaching (or, Better Feedback and Better Testing for Better Teaching).
Wood, Peter H.
An expansion of suggestions provided to beginning graduate students who plan to function as teaching assistants is presented. Suggestions fall into the major categories of: advice from over 100 beginning teachers who just finished their first year of teaching; needed information at the beginning of the teaching term; shifting pre-lesson overviews and post-lesson reviews from the teacher to the students; obtaining feedback about teaching; and testing and grading. All of the suggestions involve providing, soliciting, and/or using information to help improve teaching while improving student learning. Students may learn more if they are asked to: review previous lessons; provide information about their attitudes toward or understanding of upcoming lessons; and summarize or expand upon the lessons just completed. Teachers may improve their instruction by asking students or others to provide a few, simple, possible suggestions for improvements. Although evaluations of students or teachers may be used to grade, evaluation should be used primarily to improve learning by students and their teachers. Three appendices are: a scale for evaluating essays and papers; examples of class description pages for two classes, a student information form, and a post-class recommendation/information form; and a summative ratings sheet. Contains 13 references. (SM)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Instruction, Excellence in Education, Faculty Development, Feedback, Higher Education, Peer Counseling, Peer Evaluation, Questionnaires, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Assistants
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Graduate Student Orientation Program, Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH, August 17, 1988).