ERIC Number: ED452773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
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Revising a Student Evaluation of Teaching Form: A Campus-Wide Transformation Process.
Ruffer, Rochelle L.; McMahon, Anne M.; Rogers, James R.
This paper reviews the literature on transformational change in education and presents a case study of such change on a university campus on which the student evaluation of faculty (SEF) form was being revised. An enactment model of transformation, relying on the work of J. Everett (1994) is used to interpret the main events of the case analysis, and the specific strategic decisions made by the change committee are summarized in the form of a planning process for use by others interested in revising SEF forms. The SEF previously used was summative in nature in that the results for each instructor were compared to the means across the department, college, and university. The approach taken presumes that SEF forms, when transformational, are dynamic and themselves undergo frequent change. The validity and reliability of the new SEF, which did not permit the use of numerical averages or rankings for summative purposes, were studied in pilot studies and after a year of use. Item level data from actual student responses (22,518 responses in 1998 and 21,265 responses in 1999) are interpreted as providing initial support for the transformational effects. Some preliminary data are also provided on other transformations of teaching and related activities at the university. The new SEF is attached. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables, and 28 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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