Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness: An Instrument to Increase Teaching Quality in Higher Education

Abstract: Although student evaluations of teaching effectiveness remain a debated issue due to their reliability, validity and potential bias, they have been adapted as a part of the quality assurance system in many universities and hold their primacy. Their widespread use is a useful source of data for universities to make personnel decisions; for lecturers to refine their teaching; and for students to make decisions on instructor and course selection. In the present study pre and post-survey questionnaires were conducted among 325 students to reveal whether student evaluations of teaching effectiveness increase teaching and learning quality at a university. It was found that student feedback played an increasingly important role in the delivery of high-quality teaching.

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