ERIC Number: EJ787711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 32
Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness and the Leniency Hypothesis: A Literature Review
Gump, Steven E.
Educational Research Quarterly, v30 n3 p56-69 2007
This review presents an overview of selected articles on the leniency hypothesis: the idea that students give higher evaluations to instructors who grade more leniently. Such articles comprise a small subset of the voluminous research on student evaluations of teaching (SETs). In this diverse literature, research methods and aims have frequently affected the outcomes and conclusions, since SETs are typically context-specific instruments whose results, in isolated instances, do not generalize well. Thus this review questions the very generalizability of the massive and often contradictory SET-related literature on the leniency hypothesis and argues that future research must be designed and carried out in light of the implicit problems existing in the majority of earlier studies.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Research Methodology, Meta Analysis, Research Problems, Generalizability Theory, Hypothesis Testing, Literature Reviews, Teacher Effectiveness, Test Theory, Response Style (Tests), Alternative Assessment, Student Attitudes
Behavioral Research Press. Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425; Web site: http://www.gram.edu/education/erq/
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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