ERIC Number: EJ798905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Does the Use of End of Semester Evaluation Forms Represent Teachers' Views of Teaching in a Tertiary Education Context in Japan?
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n6 p1463-1475 Aug 2008
This paper considers both how the mandatory introduction of student evaluation of teaching surveys (SETs) fits into the social and political context of tertiary education in Japan, and the assumptions about teaching underlying SETs. Through interviews with English teachers, a technical-rational perspective whereby teaching is a profession only to the extent that it involves applying theoretical knowledge to the pursuit of educational ends is discussed. Teachers' capacities to make complex judgments are not recognized so that teaching becomes indistinguishable from technical expertise. Quantitative evaluation as a measurement of effectiveness and efficiency leads to teacher exclusion from dialogue on how teaching might be improved.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Surveys, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Student Attitudes, College Environment, Interviews, Teaching (Occupation), Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes, English (Second Language), Knowledge Base for Teaching, Evaluation Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan