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An Analysis of the Questions on University Teaching Surveys and the Universities that Use Them: The Australian Experience


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  • Martin Davies
  • Joe Hirschberg
  • Jenny Lye
  • Carol Johnston


This paper is the first attempt to perform an analysis of the internal Quality of Teaching Surveys (QTS) used in all Australian Universities by investigating how they compare across Universities. We categorize the questions on each university’s QTS into one of 18 types and then define a proximity measure between the surveys. We then use an agglomerative cluster analysis to establish groupings of these institutions on the basis of the similarity of their QTSs as well as groupings of question types by their frequency of use. In addition, we also determine if the form of the survey is related to the responses recorded by the Course Evaluation Questionnaire (CEQ) that is administered to all graduates of Australian Universities. This was done by the use of regression analysis to establish if the form of the questionnaire is related to the overall good teaching scores earned by the universities from the CEQ.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 994.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:994

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Keywords: Tertiary Education; University Rankings; CEQ;

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  1. Joe Hirschberg & Jenny Lye & Martin Davies & Carol Johnston, 2011. "Measuring Student Experience: Relationships between Teaching Quality Instruments (TQI) and Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ)," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series, The University of Melbourne 1134, The University of Melbourne.
  2. Martin Davies & Joe Hirschberg & Jenny Lye & Carol Johnston, 2008. "A Systematic Analysis of Quality of Teaching Surveys," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series, The University of Melbourne 1050, The University of Melbourne.


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