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A comparison of student evaluation of teaching with student performance

Short, H., Boyle, R., Braithwaite, R., Brookes, M., Mustard, J. and Saundage, D. 2008, A comparison of student evaluation of teaching with student performance, in OZCOTS 2008 : Proceedings of the 6th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics, OZCOTS, [Melbourne, Vic.], pp. 1-10.

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Title A comparison of student evaluation of teaching with student performance
Author(s) Short, H.
Boyle, R.
Braithwaite, R.
Brookes, M.
Mustard, J.
Saundage, D.ORCID iD for Saundage, D.
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 10
Total pages 10
Publisher OZCOTS
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Summary This study measures the evaluation of teaching given by students against their final outcomes in a subject. The subject in question had an enrolment across four campuses of 1073 students at the time of the evaluation and is a statistics subject that is core (i.e. compulsory) to several undergraduate business degrees. This 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 matches the responses to the question “This unit was well taught” to final outcomes, in an attempt to ascertain whether there is a link between student evaluation of teaching and performance. The analysis showed that for the students who self -selected to complete the survey:

· Students who perform well in the subject generally give higher scores than lower performing students.

· The same general pattern prevailed when other secondary factors were taken into account, such as, when the evaluation was completed, campus and gender.

· The timing of when a student completes the evaluation seems the most important of these secondary variables.

· In general, students who submitted their evaluations after the exam gave higher ratings if they eventually obtained a pass grade or better, and lower grades if they failed.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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