Saturday, June 12, 2010

Do student evaluations reflect learning?

The buzz this week in academia is over the latest lead article to the flagship economics journal, the Journal of Political Economy. In "Does Professor Quality Matter? Evidence from Random Assignment of Students to Professors" Scott E. Carrell and James E. West use "a unique data that allow us to measure relative student performance in mandatory follow‐on classes."
At the postsecondary level, student evaluations of professors are widely used in faculty promotion and tenure decisions. However, teachers can influence these measures in ways that may reduce actual student learning. Teachers can “teach to the test.” Professors can inflate grades or reduce academic content to elevate student evaluations. Given this, how well do each of these measures correlate with the desired outcome of actual student learning?
...
...our results indicate that professors who excel at promoting contemporaneous student achievement, on average, harm the subsequent performance of their students in more advanced classes....

Student evaluations are positively correlated with contemporaneous professor value‐added and negatively correlated with follow‐on student achievement. That is, students appear to reward higher grades in the introductory course but punish professors who increase deep learning (introductory course professor value‐added in follow‐on courses). Since many U.S. colleges and universities use student evaluations as a measurement of teaching quality for academic promotion and tenure decisions, this latter finding draws into question the value and accuracy of this practice.
The take away? Use your low student evaluations as evidence of your teaching prowess.

In other related news:

1. In Russia, the 'Ask the Audience' lifeline isn't one that the contestant would often use because the audience often gives wrong answers intentionally to trick the contestants. [
Source]

2. At the primary and secondary level where teachers and principles are evaluated by student performance on standardized tests, here is the latest example that
Under Pressure, Teachers Tamper With Tests.

Labels:

3 Comments:

Anonymous Craig Winfred said...

Apple iPhone 4G HD 32GB/16GB Unlocked

In the box
iPhone 4
Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
Dock Connector to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter
Documentation

Price:
Apple iPhone 4G HD 32GB cost $600
Apple iPhone 4G HD 16GB cost $550

info.phonemarket@gmail.com
sales_phonemarket@hotmail.com

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Craig Winfred said...

Brand New Nikon D90 12.3MP DSLR Camera

Price : $450

Package Content:
1 Nikon D90 DSLR Camera
1 EN-EL3e Rechargeable Battery
1 MH-18a Quick Charger
1 DK-5 Eyepiece Cap1 DK-2
1 Rubber Eyecup
1 UC-E4 USB Cable
1 EG-D2 Audio Video Cable
1 AN-DC1 Camera Strap
1 BM-10 LCD Monitor Cover
1 Body Cap
1 BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
1 Software Suite CD-ROM

Other Nikon poducts available;

Nikon D700 Digital camera cost $1000

Nikon D90 Digital camera cost $450

Nikon D300 Digital camera cost $700

info.phonemarket@gmail.com
sales_phonemarket@hotmail.com

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Craig Winfred said...

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Digital DSLR Camera

Price : $1800

Package Content

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body
LP-E6 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
LC-E6 Battery Charger
IFC-200U USB Cable
STV-250N Mini A/V Angled Male to 3 RCA Male A/V Cable
Eyecup Eb
R-F-3 Camera Cover
EW-EOS5DMKII Wide Strap
EOS Digital Solutions CD-ROM
User's Guide
1-Year Canon Limited Warranty

Other Canon products

Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D cost $650

Canon EOS 40D Digital camera cost $490

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D cost $350

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N 8.2MP Digital SLR Camera cost $850

Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR Camera cost $550

Camcorders:
Canon XH A1 1.67MP 3CCD Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom cost $850

Canon XL2 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom cost $1000

Sony HVR-Z1U HDV 1080i Digital Camcorder cost $1000

Sony Professional HDV HVR-Z7P (PAL) cost $950

For more details email ;
info.phonemarket@gmail.com
sales_phonemarket@hotmail.com

10:17 AM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home