ERIC Number: ED312923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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An Assessment of the Validity of Student Liaison Committee Reports.
Albanese, Mark A.; Bale, James F.
A study to determine to what extent course evaluation reports provided by students serving on course liaison committees accurately reflect the perceptions of the entire student body is presented. A system of liaison committees composed of student volunteers was developed at the University of Iowa Medical School to meet regularly with course directors and provide ongoing feedback during the course and a summary report to the course director and curriculum committee at the conclusion of the course. The courses taken by first year medical students in the fall semester were selected for study. A questionnaire divided into three parts accompanied the liaison report. Students were asked to evaluate their general perceptions of the accuracy of student liaison reports, evaluate the accuracy of the report itself after reviewing it, and provide general recommendations regarding the use of student liaison reports for the purpose of curriculum development. According to the results, reports produced by the liaison committee: (1) are moderate to very accurate in reflecting the ratings of the majority of students; (2) would be acceptable to the majority of students as adequate representation for making suggestions for course and curriculum changes; and (3) will tend to have a somewhat positive bias for courses in which there may be intense negative sentiment. (SM)
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