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ERIC Number: ED544528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
When "Strongly Disagree" Doesn't Mean Strongly Disagree
Shearman, Donald; Petocz, Peter
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Dec 2-6, 2012)
Student evaluations of faculty and courses have been used as a method of quality control in higher education for almost 100 years. Analysis of the data generated by these surveys has been the focus of considerable research for at least the past 20 years, with the bulk of this analysis using techniques which assume that the survey data, usually Likert item responses, are quantitative variables. By utilising correspondence analysis, a statistical tool which makes no such assumptions on the variables, we have produced results from one set of data comprising 2749 surveys which suggest that the assumption that Likert item responses can be treated as quantitative variables could be challenged. Through this we provide new insight about student evaluations and question these assumptions at least for one data set. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Identifiers - Location: Australia