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ERIC Number: ED465781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 17
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Assessing the Quality of Teaching in Tertiary Institutions.
Bastick, Tony
This paper demonstrates an alternative method of using students' evaluations of teaching (SETs) that circumvents many of the problems associated with traditional SETs. It shows how course feedback, consisting of eight ratings, can be used to optimize post-course academic attainment. The method is illustrated with data from course feedback at the University of the West Indies. The new method allows feedback to be used to optimize teacher quality during the course for the whole class, for individuals, or for identified subgroups of students within the whole group. The method operationally defines three educational process objectives: Skills, Understandings, and Attitudes. Feedback forms used during the course give data on the lecturers' and students' expectations for change in the emphasis of these objectives. These data allow for calculations of the alignment between lecturers and students expectations for change. The Alignment theory presented is that students' academic success and enjoyment of teaching are maximized when students and their lecturer are working towards the same changes. The theory is revalidated with each course by correlations of alignments with results, which show that in-course alignment predicts post-course academic success. The paper also describes how the data are used during the course to determine the changes that will best align in-course student/lecturer expectations and maximize the post-course academic attainment for the whole group or different student subgroups. (Contains 5 figures, 9 tables, and 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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