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Teacher Evaluation Tool

Teaching evaluation tool paper.

Teacher evaluation form: Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson College gives out an anonymous teaching evaluation form to all students at the end of every course. One of the most interesting aspects of this form is the extent to which it demands students engage in a certain degree of self as well as professional evaluation of the teacher. The first questions on the form are: "to what extent did you come to classes prepared to engage actively in learning; did you complete all course requirements, on time, as indicated in the syllabus for the course; to what extent did you take advantage of opportunities to improve the quality of your work and learning in this course?" There is an implied presumption that a student who invests more of him or herself into the course will be better able to give an accurate review of the teacher. However, it could also be noted that if the teacher's class reported a very high degree of disaffection and lack of enthusiasm about completing assignments, this would not speak particularly well of the professor's competence.

All of the questions in this section of the form offer 1-4 scale of rating responses from 'almost always' to 'never' or 'yes' or 'no' questions along with a space provided to add further details. This allows for students to nuance their responses to some degree as well as for quantitative analysis of the responses. Students are also asked to offer what grade they think they are likely to get at the end of the evaluation which is obviously presumed to be a good indication of the degree to which they feel positive about their learning experience. Of course, students could lie on any of these questions and over-inflate their performance, but the hope is that the anonymous nature of the survey will prevent this from occurring.

However, linking high grades with the actual knowledge conveyed by the course is extremely problematic, as noted in one study which found that while "student evaluations are strongly related to grades…learning, as measured by future grades, is unrelated to student evaluations once current grades have been controlled…[and] evaluations vary with instructor characteristics, the type of section, and composition of the class" in a manner which can be highly subjective (Weinberg, Hashimoto, & Fleisher 2009: 254). On the Warren Wilson form only information about grades and participation are asked.

The next several questions on the evaluation form pertain specifically to the professor's performance in class, asking how the student would rate…

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Dorasamy, N. & Balkaran, R. (2013). Role of student ratings of lecturers in enhancing

teaching at higher education institutions: A case study of the Durban University of Technology. Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, 5 (5): 268-281.

Warren Wilson College. (2013). Teacher Evaluation Form. Retrieved:

http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~assessment/courseevalOLD.pdf

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