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ERIC Number: ED459646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 6
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Improving the Quality of Tertiary Education through Student Evaluation of Teaching.
Bastick, Tony
This paper explores the use of student evaluation of teaching (SET) as part of the quality assurance cycle and suggests an alternative approach to evaluate the provision of teaching in tertiary institutions. SETs usually involve questionnaires that ask students anonymously to rate the quality of teaching on a 4- or 5-point scale. SETs have been used in universities for more than 30 years to assess the quality of teaching, but the use of SET instruments had often been accompanied by counter-productive effects. Using them for proportion and tenure decisions had contributed to the lowering of academic standards. An alignment method of teacher evaluation yields better results. The alignment method considers skills, understanding, and attitudes, and whether the current state of these change attributes is closely aligned with the ideal state. Aligning changes expected by the lecturer with changes expected by the students results in improved teaching, and the evaluation of the alignment serves as an indicator of teacher effectiveness. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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