Investigating sample bias in student evaluations of teaching

Brookes, M., Boyle, R., Braithwaite, R., Mustard, J., Saundage, D. and Short, H. 2008, Investigating sample bias in student evaluations of teaching, in OZCOTS 2008 : Proceedings of the 6th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics, OZCOTS, [Melbourne, Vic.], pp. 1-8.

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Title Investigating sample bias in student evaluations of teaching
Author(s) Brookes, M.
Boyle, R.
Braithwaite, R.
Mustard, J.
Saundage, D.
Short, H.
Conference name Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (6th : 2008 : Melbourne, Australia)
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 3 - 4 July 2008
Title of proceedings OZCOTS 2008 : Proceedings of the 6th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics
Editor(s) MacGillivray, Helen
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher OZCOTS
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Summary Student evaluations of teaching have increased in importance to universities in Australia over recent years due to changes in government policy. There has been significant debate in the literature as to the validity and usefulness of such evaluations and as to whether students who respond to the evaluations are indeed representative of the student population. A potential invalidating issue is self selection in the evaluation process. In this paper, we consider student evaluations of a large first year business statistics subject that had 1073 eligible students enrolled across four campuses at the time of the evaluation. The study is based on the 373 students (34.8%) who responded to the survey, and their final results. The evaluations were open for a period of six weeks leading up to and just after the final exam. The study looks in detail at the student population identifying such attributes as gender; home campus; course of study; domestic/international; Commonwealth Supported Place/full fee paying, etc. and then mapping these results to those of the students who responded to the survey.
Notes Permission for abstract only. Availalbe online at http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/publications/ANZCOTS/OZCOTS_2008_Proceedings.pdf
Language eng
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, OZCOTS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018061

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