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ERIC Number: EJ817230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Student Opinions of the Quality of Teaching Activities Poorly Predict Pedagogical Effectiveness
Wesp, Richard; Miele, Joseph
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n4 p360-362 Oct 2008
As universities increase expectations for evidence of student learning, journals like "Teaching of Psychology (ToP)" have come to expect outcome data from authors describing teaching techniques. Our comparison of ToP articles published in 1996 and 2006 showed a significant decrease in reliance on student opinion and an increase in the use of more direct assessment data. In a second study, we evaluated whether requiring more direct measures of learning is justified. For 2 classroom activities, students' opinions regarding enjoyment and usefulness of teaching activities poorly correlated with exam performance. It appears that the expectation for direct measures of pedagogical effectiveness is warranted. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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