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ERIC Number: EJ1134645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Should Students Have the Power to Change Course Structure?
McDonnell, Gerald P.; Dodd, Michael D.
Teaching of Psychology, v44 n2 p91-99 Apr 2017
In the present article, we describe a course exercise in which students were administered four course evaluation forms throughout the semester, on which they provided their overall impressions of the class as well as their desire to change certain aspects of the course. Critically, during the semester, a total of three changes were made to the structure of the course as voted on by the students. Compared to the previous semester where students completed only end-of-semester evaluations, improvements in exam performance as well as instructor ratings were observed. Furthermore, students indicated that the changes made throughout the semester improved the course, and they hoped that other classes would adopt a similar classroom developmental strategy. This supports a growing body of evidence, suggesting that midsemester feedback is crucial for optimizing the learning environment for the student, particularly when concrete changes are made after the administration of course feedback.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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