Monday, January 29, 2007
Bruce A. Weinberg, Belton M. Fleisher & Masanori Hashimoto (all of Ohio State University, Department of Economics) have posted Evaluating Methods for Evaluating Instruction: The Case of Higher Education on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This paper studies methods for evaluating instruction in higher education. We explore student evaluations of instruction and a variety of alternatives. We develop a simple model to illustrate the biases inherent in student evaluations. Measuring learning using grades in future courses, we show that student evaluations are positively related to current grades but uncorrelated with learning once current grades are controlled. We offer evidence that the weak relationship between learning and student evaluations arises in part because students are not aware of how much they have learned in a course. We conclude with a discussion of alternative methods for evaluating teaching.
For press coverage, see today's Inside Higher Ed.