Learning from evaluations: Probing the reality

Spiller, Dorothy and Harris, Trudy (2013) Learning from evaluations: Probing the reality. Issues in Educational Research, 23 (2). pp. 258-268. ISSN 1837-6290 (Online)

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This paper reports on findings from a major New Zealand research project around staff perceptions of student evaluations of teaching. The main focus of this discussion is the insights that the research afforded into staff engagement with and use of student evaluations to inform their teaching practice and to improve student learning. The research data indicates that there is a gap between academics’ relatively positive views of evaluation and their actual engagement with the process. A high percentage of academics, particularly at NZ universities, do not report engagement in dialogue or professional development activities around student evaluation. The use of evaluations in teaching tends to be individual, often isolated and unsystematic. This paper recommends some ideas for moving forward and argues for a cultural change that endorses, supports and rewards the systematic integration of student evaluations into teaching practice.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:Issues in Educational Research is a refereed academic research journal founded by the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research in 1991. From 1995, IIER has been published jointly by Australia's Institutes for Educational Research in New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.
Keywords that describe the item:student evaluations, professional development, student learning
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1028 Education Research
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Science and Primary Industries
ID Code:2945
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Deposited On:11 Feb 2014 02:55
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