ERIC Number: ED538722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Review of "Asking Students about Teaching"
Camburn, Eric M.
National Education Policy Center
"Asking Students about Teaching" seeks to establish that student surveys provide valid evidence that can be used for evaluation of and feedback for teachers. The report then proceeds to advise practitioners about optimal practices for administering student surveys and using survey information. As the report contends, student surveys are a useful tool in practitioners' and policymakers' toolkits, and the report contains many practical pieces of advice that are sensible and worth putting into practice. But a major limitation of the report is that the claimed relationship between student survey reports and teacher effectiveness is not supported by the evidence provided. A broader limitation of the report is that many of the findings and conclusions are presented too uncritically and without sufficient justification. Developers of the "Measures of Effective Teaching" (MET) project embrace the idea that multiple measures of teaching effectiveness are needed to represent such a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon. In discussing the potential uses of student surveys, however, this report's stance is lopsided, placing too much weight on the strengths of student surveys and not enough weight on their weaknesses. A potential concern is that glib implementation of some of the report's recommendations might result in an unwarranted overconfidence in student survey results. (Contains 12 notes and references.)
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Evidence, Feedback (Response), Student Surveys, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Research Reports, Reader Response, Validity, Research Methodology, Research Utilization, Educational Practices, Criticism, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, National Education Policy Center