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ERIC Number: EJ1136139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Developing a Statistically Valid AND Practically Useful Student Evaluation Instrument
Skowronek, Jeffrey S.; Friesen, Bruce K.; Masonjones, Heather
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v5 n1 Article 11 Jan 2011
The current article presents the findings on the development of a student evaluation instrument in which course evaluation is directly tied to student learning outcomes. With a committee consisting of instructors from six distinct disciplines brought together as part of a working group for this purpose, the instrument was developed utilizing research on the components of effective teaching and how these components impacted student learning. The instrument was tested at two time points, once via pen and paper (n = 340 students) and the other online (n = 2636 students). Factor Analysis resulted in one latent factor both times. The instrument also had high internal consistency reliability. Comparisons of individual student factors revealed a few variables significantly predicted ratings, but effect sizes were small. This work suggests an instrument has been created that assesses components of effective teaching, via the impact on student learning, and the ratings obtained are not highly influenced by individual factors.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
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