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The impact of increasing course enrolment on student evaluation of teaching in engineering education

Palmer, Stuart and Hall, Wayne 2015, The impact of increasing course enrolment on student evaluation of teaching in engineering education, Australasian journal of engineering education, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 31-40, doi: 10.7158/D14-003.2015.20.1.

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Title The impact of increasing course enrolment on student evaluation of teaching in engineering education
Author(s) Palmer, StuartORCID iD for Palmer, Stuart orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Hall, Wayne
Journal name Australasian journal of engineering education
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 31
End page 40
Total pages 10
Publisher Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1325-4340
Keyword(s) Engineering education
large classes
student evaluation of teaching
Summary Student evaluation of teaching (SET) is important, commonplace and may be used in staff performance management. The SET literature suggests that class size is a negative systematic influence on SET ratings. In this paper we investigate time-series SET data from a large first-year engineering class where a decline in SET ratings was observed over time as course enrolment increased. We observe a negative halo effect of increasing class size on mean SET ratings and conclude that increasing course enrolment leads to a significant reduction in all mean SET ratings, even when the course learning design remains essentially unchanged. We also find an additional differential effect of increasing course enrolment on mean SET ratings. We observe that the marginal reduction in mean SET ratings for each additional student in the course enrolment is greater for those aspects of the student learning experience that are likely to be most directly impacted by increasing class size. We provide implications for practice from these findings.
Language eng
DOI 10.7158/D14-003.2015.20.1
Field of Research 091503 Engineering Practice
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Free to Read? Yes
Free to Read Start Date 2017-01-01
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30070163

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