ERIC Number: ED501925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Evaluating Methods for Evaluating Instruction: The Case of Higher Education. NBER Working Paper No. 12844
Weinberg, Bruce A.; Fleisher, Belton M.; Hashimoto, Masanori
National Bureau of Economic Research
This paper studies methods for evaluating instruction in higher education. We explore student evaluations of instruction and a variety of alternatives. We develop a simple model to illustrate the biases inherent in student evaluations. Measuring learning using grades in future courses, we show that student evaluations are positively related to current grades but uncorrelated with learning once current grades are controlled. We offer evidence that the weak relationship between learning and student evaluations arises in part because students are not aware of how much they have learned in a course. We conclude with a discussion of alternative methods for evaluating teaching.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Grades (Scholastic), Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Evaluation Methods, Alternative Assessment
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.