The impact of student evaluations on teaching behaviour
This project investigated tertiary teachers’ views of, and engagement with, feedback gathered through student evaluations. The study drew on a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques; in all, 1,065 staff from 3 institutions (1 polytechnic and 2 universities) participated in a questionnaire and 60 volunteers were interviewed.
This study highlights the need for greater use of student evaluation as an integral part of professional development. Closing the loop is introduced as a principle to encourage individual teachers, departments and organisations to:
- provide evidence to demonstrate the quality of teaching to government, to staff, to colleagues, to students and other stakeholders
- enable planning for ongoing personal, professional, course/programme and institutional development
- enable students to be involved in development activities and give them a voice in the quality aspects of their tertiary experience.
This project was launched at the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit Quality Enhancement Meeting in September 2012.
- tertiary teachers
- managers and senior managers at tertiary education organisations
- individuals involved in quality assurance and quality enhancement of tertiary education
- tertiary education policy makers.
Left to right:
- Lynley Deaker, University of Otago
- Dr Sarah Stein (Contact Project Leader), University of Otago
- Dr Trudy Harris, The University of Waikato
- Dorothy Spiller, University of Waikato
- Jo Kennedy, University of Otago
- Stuart Terry, Otago Polytechnic
$132,727 GST exc.
- Deaker, L., Stein, S. J., Spiller, D., Terry, S. Deaker, L., Harris, T., & Kennedy, J. (November, 2010). How does the institution influence the way tertiary teachers perceive and use evaluations of teaching? Presentation at the Tertiary Education Research New Zealand (TERNZ) conference, Dunedin.
- Healey, J., Frohman, R., Stein, S., Spiller, D., Terry, S., Deaker, L., Harris, T. & Kennedy, J. (2011, July). Effectiveness of university-sanctioned Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) data: Accountability versus improvement. Roundtable Session, HERDSA conference 4-7 July 2011, Gold Coast.
- Spiller, D. (2012). Student evaluations of teaching: Do they matter? Presentation made at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
- Stein, S. J., Spiller, D., Terry, S. Deaker, L., Harris, T., & Kennedy, J. (October, 2009). Audit vs development: Tensions inherent in the use of student evaluations of teaching and courses. Presentation at the Australasian Higher Education Evaluation Forum (AHEEF) conference, Byron Bay.
- Stein, S. J., Spiller, D., Terry, S. Deaker, L., Harris, T., & Kennedy, J. (July, 2012). Student evaluations of teaching: Perceptions determining teacher behaviours. Presentation at the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) conference, Hobart.
- Stein, S. J., Spiller, D., Terry, S., Deaker, L., Kennedy, J., & Harris, T. (November, 2010). Ritual or reality: do student evaluations have any effect on teacher thinking and practices? Presentation at the Australasian higher education Evaluation Forum (AHEEF), Christchurch.
- Stein, S. J., Spiller, D., Terry, S. Harris, T., Deaker, L., & Kennedy, J. (2012). Unlocking the impact of tertiary teachers’ perceptions of student evaluations of teaching. Wellington: Ako Aotearoa
- Stein, S. J., Spiller, D., Terry, S. Harris, T., Deaker, L., & Kennedy, J. (2012). Using student evaluations to enhance teaching practice: Closing the loop. Wellington: Ako Aotearoa
- Terry, S., Deaker, L., Kennedy, J., Harris, T., Spiller, D. & Stein, S. (October, 2010). How Lecturers View Student Evaluation of Teaching. To value or not to value – that is the question! Presentation at the Tertiary Education Management Conference, Melbourne.
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