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ERIC Number: ED401292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Student Evaluations of Courses and Instructors at PAAET.
Safi, A. Qayum
The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET), the only postsecondary institution in Kuwait other than Kuwait University, brings together four technical-vocational colleges (Basic Education, Business Studies, Technological Studies, and Health Sciences) on separate campuses for males and females. PAAET's Measurement and Evaluation Center has undertaken an extensive course and instructor evaluation project that focuses on students' reaction to course materials and on the instructor's ability to teach. This type of evaluation is extremely difficult in Kuwait in a culture in which the teacher is the sole authority, and students are viewed mainly as receivers. Procedures were developed to keep the identity of faculty and students confidential, and faculty participation was optional. The Center hopes to use evaluation results mainly for faculty professional development. The Course and Instructor Questionnaire that was developed is a 38-item five-point scale, grouped after completion into 5 instructor scales and 1 course scale. Responses of 19,899 students from 1993-94 and 1994-95 were negatively skewed; almost none of the instructors were rated below average. Items related to course content, rather than course usefulness, received generally higher ratings. Ratings assigned to the six scales varied considerably during the two academic years, and there were wide differences among the ratings assigned at the four colleges. It is recommended that, as the use of instructor evaluation by students is refined in Kuwait, results be used for formative, rather than summative, evaluation purposes. (Contains 2 figures, 7 tables, and 17 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kuwait