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ERIC Number: EJ1184323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
A Single-Question Qualitative Bachelor's Programme Evaluation
Erikson, Malgorzata; Erikson, Martin G.; Punzi, Elisabeth
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v43 n6 p969-978 2018
Conventionally, quantitative surveys are used for student evaluations in higher education, but the validity of this practice has been questioned. In the present study, we investigated a qualitative method for evaluating a bachelor's programme. Forty-one first-year students and twenty-eight third-year students on a bachelor's programme in Public Administration were asked to answer a single question in relation to their programme: 'What could have been done in order to support your learning?' The students provided rich responses of a depth and breadth not attainable through conventional surveys, making this method worthwhile for educational development at the programme level. The responses focused on students' own learning rather than on judgement of teacher performance. The results indicate that the students underwent a transition from the first to third year, suggesting a shift in needs. For example, first-year students asked for direct interaction, whereas third-year students asked for feedback on accomplishments. Practical applications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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