ERIC Number: ED451813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Student Perceptions of Student Ratings: Does School Policy Really Matter?
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of policy at the college level (either mandated by the school or optional) of reviewing their instructors through student ratings and the student perceptions of their own ratings. The sample included 954 students in "teachers colleges" in Taiwan during the 1999 spring semester. The results indicate some differences between perceptions of "required students," those required to evaluate, and "optional students," those who chose the afforded option to evaluate, are statistically significant, although some are not. The significant differences included the purposes, concerns, components, and negative effects of the student ratings. There was no statistical mean difference in the application of ratings across the two groups, and both groups had generally positive perceptions of the process of student ratings. Regardless of whether the school policy mandates the evaluation or not, students agreed with the following: (1) all instructors should accept the student ratings; (2) the current students should be the raters; (3) faculty evaluation committees should be responsible for developing the evaluation form; (4) a department-wide form should be used instead of a college-wide evaluation form; (5) the best time to implement student ratings is at the end of the semester; (6) the evaluation process may take place in the classroom; and (7) the classroom chairman should be the person to take charge of the evaluation. (Contains 4 tables and 49 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Taiwan National Science Council, Taipei.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan