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Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness

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Terry Doyle, Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness


This page contains a wealth of data about teacher evaluations; specifically student questionnaires, although Doyle does briefly (but firmly) note that such questionnaires are just one evaluation method of many. It is a summary of what various research has determined about this method of evaluation. As the primary point Doyle notes that both faculty and students need to be educated on how best to fill out and interpret such questionnaires. Doyle cautions that good students can succeed despite a poor instructor, and that bad students can fail despite a good instructor. It is very worthwhile to let instructors write at least some of the questions on the questionnaires. Students tend to be relatively unbiased, or at least they generally line up well with results given by outside observers. Factors like gender, severity of grading, etc, have only a low impact on the results of evaluation. Doyle gives list of factors about the teacher, and factors about the students, that may affect the results of evaluation, although none of them has a large impact on its own. Examples include whether or not the class is an elective class, whether the student is in the same major as the course, whether students expect to receive high grades, and so on. Doyle then lists factors that teachers should avoid in order to achieve unbiased ratings, such as leaving the room while the students fill in the questionnaires. Also included are lists of the consequences that taking such evaluations may have on institutions, both positive and negative. He lists what factors students need to fill out such questionnaires properly, e.g. sufficient time, and what areas they are competent to comment on – which does not include if the content was appropriate.


This site is undoubtedly extremely useful. Somebody might question some of the conclusions, although since this page is only a summary of information collected by others, certainly all of the conclusions need to be considered carefully. The site contains a long list of further works referenced.


Added by Elliot Cross - 4/23/08

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