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ERIC Number: EJ948774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0790
Analysing Student Evaluations of Teaching: Comparing Means and Proportions
McCullough, B. D.; Radson, Darrell
Evaluation & Research in Education, v24 n3 p183-202 2011
Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs) play a central role in modern academia. They are used for tenure, promotion, teaching improvement and other important decisions. One would think that the data collected from a SET would be analysed correctly, but such is typically not the case, as can be seen in this study later. Therefore we propose a correct method for analysing SET data. The present paper compares the two methods on a large data-set of actual SETs. We show that the traditional method can misrepresent a teacher's performance, and that the traditional method can be extremely sensitive to outliers; neither of these characteristics is desirable. In contrast, the proposed method appears to suffer from neither of these defects. (Contains 3 notes, 3 tables and 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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