ERIC Number: EJ1041380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Student Evaluations of Faculty Members: A Call for Analytical Prudence
Mitry, Darryl J.; Smith, David E.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v25 n2 p56-67 2014
The authors of this article express concern about the use of parametric techniques to report faculty performance based on categorical Likert survey data gleaned from student responses to teaching evaluations. They argue that these surveys often violate primary statistical requirements for evaluative application. Therefore, the conclusions drawn from such evaluations may be invalid and even harmful to faculty members over time. The authors conclude that it is imprudent for university administrators to support questionable analysis methods simply because they have, on the surface, the appearance of rigor, or because the practice has become commonplace.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Competencies, College Faculty, College Students, Likert Scales, Surveys, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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