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Using Student Evaluations for Assessment of Teaching

The Center will analyze and synthesize student evaluations of courses to assist faulty in their efforts to improve student learning. For discussions on how student evaluations are used in the assessment of teaching, please consult the articles listed below.

Assessing Faculty Performance Using the Student Evaluation of Instruction” by Dale Schlenker and Norma McKinnon considers many aspects of student evaluations. How they might be used to influence teaching is a small part of the discussion.

Using Student Evaluations to Improve TeachingSpeaking of Teaching, Stanford University Newsletter on Teaching, Fall 1997, Vol. 9, No. 1 gives suggestions for interpreting student evaluations and using them to improve teaching.

Questions Frequently Asked About Student Ratings Forms: Summary of Research Findings“, Matthew Kaplan, Lisa A, Mets, Constance E. Cook. (University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teacher). Frequently asked questions and answers about student evaluations of teaching. Extensive bibliography.