Friday, December 10, 2010

A Study: Evaluations don't correlate

More experienced teachers gave lower grades and received worse evaluations from Calc I students, but those same students did better in Calc II.

Study: Seasoned profs prepare students for advanced learning. 

Highly credentialed and experienced professors are better at preparing students for long-term academic success than their less-experienced counterparts, but that ability isn't necessarily reflected in their students' teaching evaluations. That's according to research by a pair of economists published in June 2010 Journal of Political Economy. The study's authors, Scott Carrell of U.C. Davis and James West of the U.S. Air Force Academy, say their results raise questions about the value of student evaluations as measures of instructor quality. 

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