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Students' Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness: What Surveys Tell and What They Do Not Tell

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  • Alauddin, Mohammad
  • Tisdell, Clement A.

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Employing student evaluation of teaching (SET) data on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate economics courses, this paper uses ordered probit analysis to (i) investigate how student’s perceptions of ‘teaching quality’ (TEVAL) are influenced by their perceptions of their instructor’s attributes relating including presentation and explanation of lecture material, and organization of the instruction process; (ii) identify differences in the sensitivity of perceived teaching quality scores to variations in the independent variables; (iii) investigate whether systematic differences in TEVAL scores occur for different levels of courses; and (iv) examine whether the SET data can provide a useful measure of teaching quality. It reveals that student’s perceptions of instructor’s improvement in organization, presentation and explanation, impact positively on students’ perceptions of teaching effectiveness. The converse appears to hold. The impacts of these factors vary between postgraduate and undergraduate programs as well as between levels within the undergraduate program. The pragmatic implications of SET procedures are discussed. It is argued that while they are simple to apply, there are dangers of using them to judge the quality of teaching. From a practical point of view, they are a poor indicator of teaching performance and in themselves provide no guidance to lecturers as to how to improve their teaching performance.

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  • Alauddin, Mohammad & Tisdell, Clement A., 2006. "Students' Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness: What Surveys Tell and What They Do Not Tell," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90546, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uqseet:90546
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    1. Tisdell, Clement A. & Alauddin, Mohammad, 2002. "Market-Oriented Reforms in Bangladesh and their Impact on Poverty?," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90521, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    2. Tisdell, Clement A., 2005. "An Overview and Assessment of The Economics of Leisure," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90540, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
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    1. Clem Tisdell, 2009. "Cost–Benefit Analysis of Economic Globalization," Chapters,in: Handbook of Research on Cost–Benefit Analysis, chapter 11 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Tisdell, Clement A., 2008. "Economics, Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90618, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    3. Alauddin, Mohammad & Tisdell, Clement A., 2009. "Quantitative Impacts of Teaching Attributes on University TEVAL Scores and their Implications," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90621, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    4. Clem Tisdell, 2009. "Economic Reform and Openness in China: China’s Development Policies in the Last 30 Years," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, pages 271-294.
    5. Tisdell, Clement A., 2008. "Thirty Years of Economic Reform and Openness in China: Retrospect and Prospect," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90620, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    6. Tisdell, Clement A., 2009. "Economic Challenges Faced by Small Island Economies: An Overview," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90627, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    7. Tisdell, Clement A., 2009. "Economic Benefits and Drawbacks of Cities and their Growth Implications," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90626, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    8. Tisdell, Clement A., 2010. "The Excitement and Value of Discovering Tourism Economics: Clem Tisdell's Journey," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90631, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    9. Tisdell, Clement A., 2008. "Economic Benefits and Drawbacks of Cities and their Growth," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90615, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    10. Tisdell, Clement A., 2006. "Economic Prospects for Small Island Economies, Particularly in the South Pacific, in a Globalising World," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90547, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    11. Tisdell, Clement A., 2009. "Trends in Vietnam's Pork Supply and Structural Features of its Pig Sector," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90623, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    12. Tisdell, Clement A., 2008. "Trust and its Implications for Economic Activity, Welfare and Globalisation," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90617, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    13. Adam, Latif & Tisdell, Clement A., 2008. "Interfirm Networks in the Indonesian Garment Industry: Trust and Other Factors in their Formation and Duration and their Marketing Consequences," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90616, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    14. Tisdell, Clement A., 2009. "The Survival of Small-scale Agricultural Producers in Asia, particularly Vietnam: General Issues Illustrated by Vietnam's Agricultural Sector, especially its Pig Production," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90625, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    15. Tisdell, Clement A., 2010. "Agricultural Development in Traditional Asian Economies: Observations Prompted by a Livestock Study in Vietnam," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90629, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    16. Tisdell, Clement A. & Lapar, Ma. Lucila A. & Staal, Steven J. & Que, Nguyen Ngoc, 2009. "Natural Protection from International Competition in the Livestock Industry: Analysis, Examples and Vietnam's Pork Market as a Case," Economic Theory, Applications and Issues Working Papers 90628, University of Queensland, School of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Teaching effectiveness; Instructor attributes; Ordered probit; Sensitivity analysis; Underdetermination; Pseudoscience; Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession; A2; I2;

    JEL classification:

    • A2 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education

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