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ERIC Number: EJ901674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Student Ratings and Evaluation in Undergraduate Business Law Courses: A Modest Correlative Study
Dhooge, Lucien J.; Eakin, Cynthia F.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v24 n2 p203-234 Sum-Fall 2007
There are few topics more controversial in higher education than the evaluation of teaching effectiveness. The continuing relevancy of issues relating to what constitutes an effective teacher and methods by which to measure such effectiveness is evidenced by the more than 2,000 articles devoted to this topic by researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. The vast majority of these articles are devoted to student ratings of instructor effectiveness and how to improve such ratings. This article reviews nine years of data and seeks to determine the relationship between student ratings in undergraduate business law courses and student expectations with respect to course grades at the time of completion of an evaluative instrument (Survey). The study examines student ratings in four separate courses encompassing thirty-eight separate sections and more than 1,100 students. The article initially examines applicable literature with respect to the relationship of grades to student ratings and the use of such ratings in the evaluative process. The article then discusses the methods of data collection through administration of the Survey and its utilization at the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific. The article describes the surveyed courses and data evaluation techniques. Finally, the results of the study are set forth and analyzed with possible explanations. Based upon the data collected in this study, the article concludes that there is a negative correlation between student ratings and expected grades in lower-division law courses but a significantly positive correlation in upper-division law courses. (Contains 12 tables and 71 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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