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ERIC Number: EJ940850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0361-0365
Counseling University Instructors Based on Student Evaluations of Their Teaching Effectiveness: A Multilevel Test of Its Effectiveness under Consideration of Bias and Unfairness Variables
Dresel, Markus; Rindermann, Heiner
Research in Higher Education, v52 n7 p717-737 Nov 2011
Counseling instructors using evaluations made by their students has shown to be a fruitful approach to enhancing teaching quality. However, prior experimental studies are questionable in terms of external validity. Therefore, we conducted a non-experimental intervention study in which all of the courses offered by a specific department at a German university were evaluated twice with a standardized student evaluation questionnaire (HILVE-II; overall 44 instructors, 140 courses, and 2,546 student evaluations). Additionally, twelve full time instructors received counseling after the first measurement point. Long-term effects over a period of 2 years and transfer effects to other courses were analyzed using multi-level analyses with three levels. Possible influences by bias and unfairness variables were controlled for. Our results indicate a moderate to large effect of counseling on teaching quality. In conclusion, if students' evaluations are accompanied by counseling based on the evaluation results, they present a useful method to assure and increase teaching quality in higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany