ERIC Number: EJ1020424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Tertiary Teachers and Student Evaluations: Never the Twain Shall Meet?
Stein, Sarah J.; Spiller, Dorothy; Terry, Stuart; Harris, Trudy; Deaker, Lynley; Kennedy, Jo
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v38 n7 p892-904 2013
Internationally, centralised systems of student evaluation have become normative practice in higher education institutions, providing data for monitoring teaching quality and for teacher professional development. While extensive research has been done on student evaluations, there is less research-based evidence about teachers' perceptions of and engagement with student evaluations, the focus of the research reported in this paper. An interpretive approach framed the study in which data were gathered through questionnaire and interview responses from teaching staff at three New Zealand tertiary institutions. Results highlighted the general acceptance of the notion of student evaluations, recurring ideas about the limitations of evaluations and significant gaps in the way academics engage with student evaluation feedback. Recommendations for enhancing teacher engagement with student evaluation are made to optimise the potential for student evaluations to inform teaching development and to improve students' learning experiences.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Influences, Faculty Development, Evaluation Utilization, Expectation, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand