ERIC Number: ED402338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Student Ratings of Teaching: The Research Revisited. IDEA Paper No. 32.
Cashin, William E.
This paper attempts to summarize the conclusions of the major reviews of the literature on student ratings of teaching. It is an update of a paper by the same name published as IDEA Paper No. 20 from the Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in 1988. Viewing student ratings as data rather than evaluations may help to put them in proper perspective. Studies have considered the multidimensionality of student ratings and their reliability and validity. They have been compared to student learning outcomes, the self-ratings of the instructor, and the ratings of others, and possible sources of bias have been studied. There are probably more studies of student ratings than of all the other data used to evaluate college teaching combined, and there are certainly enough studies to allow some conclusions. In general, student ratings tend to be statistically reliable, valid, and relatively free from bias and need for control. Nevertheless, they are only one source of data about teaching and must be used with multiple sources of data to make judgments about all the components of teaching. (Contains 67 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Data Collection, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Reliability, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Validity
Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development, Kansas State University, 1615 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502-4073 (individual copies, $2; complete set of IDEA papers, $15; 20-49 copies of the same paper, $0.30; 50-99 copies, $0.25 each; 100 or more, $0.20 each.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in Higher Education.
Note: Update of "Student Ratings of Teaching: A Summary of the Research. IDEA Paper No. 20," see ED 302 567.