Impact of work experience on the validity of student evaluations of teaching effectiveness

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Examined whether student evaluations of teaching effectiveness changed significantly once the students had left the university and had gained work experience. Students in their final year at a university were asked to grade lecturers on 9 items relating to teaching effectiveness and course effectiveness; 723 students responded. After the students had graduated and had been working for 1 yr, they were asked again to give a rating of teaching effectiveness for their former lecturers and to nominate the “best” and “worst” teachers; 506 replied. Comparisons of the results show that there was little difference in the 2 ratings of lecturers by their teaching scores. Increasing maturity and job experience did not significantly alter student evaluations of relative teaching effectiveness. (22 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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