ERIC Number: ED449759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Course Evaluations: A Strategy for Improving Instruction.
Williams, Robert L.
A study was conducted to determine how student grades and student perceptions of instructor style affected their overall evaluations of the target course. This was part of a larger effort to study how student evaluations can be used to improve instruction. Participants were 258 students from 5 sections of an undergraduate human development course with content and course structure standardized across the sections. Following completion of a comprehensive examination and the receipt of instructor feedback about their performance on the examination, students had the necessary information to compute their final grades in the class. They were then asked to respond to a course evaluation form, using an identification number that allowed the pairing of their evaluation and grade. Correlations between grades and total course evaluation scores were statistically significant but low in magnitude. Students who received an "A" tended to rate the course higher than those who made lower grades. How students perceived the instructional style of instructors was strongly linked to their composite course evaluation. Ratings for individual aspects of the course yielded varied results. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A