This thought-provoking volume offers comprehensive analysis of contemporary research and literature on student evaluation of teaching (SET) in Higher Education.
In evaluating data from fields including education, psychology, engineering, science, and business, this volume critically engages with the assumption that SET is a reliable and valid measure of effective teaching. Clayson navigates a range of cultural, social, and era-related factors including gender, grades, personality, student honesty, and halo effects to consider how these may impact on the accuracy and impartiality of student evaluations. Ultimately, he posits a “popularity hypothesis”, asserting that above all, SET measures instructor likability. While controversial, the hypothesis powerfully and persuasively draws on extensive and divergent literature to offer new and salient insights regarding the growing and potentially misleading phenomenon of SET.
This topical and transdisciplinary book will be of great interest to researchers, faculty, and administrators in the fields of higher education management, administration, teaching and learning.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Issues and Debates Surrounding Student Evaluations of Teaching
Chapter 2: Potential Impacts of Gender Bias on Student Evaluations
Chapter 3: The Influence of Personality Traits on Student Evaluations
Chapter 4: Halo Effects Impacting on Student Evaluations
Chapter 5: Questioning the Truthfulness of Student Evaluations
Chapter 6: Rigor, Grades and how they Impact on Student Evaluations
Chapter 7: The Association between Student Learning and Student Evaluations
Chapter 8: Student Evaluations and the Improvement of Instruction
Chapter 9: Challenging the Statistical Reliability of Student Evaluations
Chapter 10: Traditional Validity and SET
Chapter 11: Identifying Valid Applications of SET
Chapter 12: Validity and the Impacts of Subjectivity
Chapter 13: Introducing a Likability Hypothesis
Chapter 14: Justifications of the Likability Hypothesis
Chapter 15: Conclusion and Recommendations – the Future of SET
Dennis Clayson is Professor Emeritus in the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa, US.