ERIC Number: ED428590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Ending the Disconnect between the Student Evaluation of Teaching and the Improvement of Teaching: A Faculty Developer's Plea.
This paper offers eight steps institutions of higher education can take to improve teaching through the use of student evaluations. They are: (1) situate the evaluation system firmly within the academic context; (2) strive for quick processing and return of forms; (3) help faculty interpret the evaluation results; (4) create opportunities for peer evaluation; (5) create a grace period in the evaluation of new faculty; (6) educate students regarding their role in an evaluation system; (7) stress the importance of midterm, as well as end-of-term, feedback; and (8) create opportunities for faculty to reflect on their teaching evaluations. Also provided are five related recommendations for teaching centers: first, provide teaching consultation services; second, provide assistance in interpreting students' written comments; third, produce materials that expose faculty to more of the research and thinking on student evaluations; fourth, use the power of stories in faculty development; and, fifth, influence the next generation in the form of teaching assistant training programs. (Contains 30 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, Stanford, CA.