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ERIC Number: ED465783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 17
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The Alignment Method of Measuring Quality Teaching at Tertiary Level.
Bastick, Tony
This paper reports an inexpensive and efficient alternative method of measuring teaching quality. The method aligns students' in-course expectations for change with their lecturers expectation for change in three process objects: Skills, Understanding, and Attitudes. It is shown, using sample course data, that these in-course alignment indicators predict quality teaching, which is measured after the course using outcomes of students' academic achievements and course enjoyment. Traditional student evaluations of teaching are post-mortem measures that do not provide feedback to help the students in the course. However, a major contribution of the alignment method is that optimum in-course changes can be calculated to minimize the in-course alignment scores for the whole course or for any student subgroup of interest, thus maximizing students' predicted attainments. As the method only takes 5 minutes to administer, it can be introduced at the level of the individual instructor who wishes to keep his or her teaching on track. The alignment method uses a single form and results in one decision point number. It can be used by the administration at the end of courses for comparable promotion and tenure decisions across the institution. Web-based alignment software is now being developed to enable lecturers and administrators from tertiary institutions worldwide to avail themselves of the method. (Contains 9 tables, 5 figures, and 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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