Do Student Evaluations of Teaching Really Get an "F"?

  • Herring Hall 129

Please join us for the first of our "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" research presentations:

Do Student Evaluations of Teaching Really Get an “F”?
A Summary of the Research Literature

Betsy Barre
Assistant Director, Rice CTE

About the Presentation:
There is perhaps no issue within the scholarship of teaching and learning that is more controversial than the question of whether student evaluations can provide valid and reliable measures of teaching effectiveness. And due in no small part to the controversial nature of the question, it is also the most studied issue in the history of peer-reviewed research on higher education. In this talk, CTE Assistant Director Betsy Barre will summarize the broad outlines of this 100 year-old research literature before opening the floor to your questions. She will discuss the various ways scholars have tried to assess the validity of these instruments, past and current debates about variables that might bias the results (grades, workload, student effort, class size, discipline, and gender, among others), and what the research has to say about whether student evaluations can be used to improve teaching.

About the "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" Series:
Each semester, the CTE hosts at least one formal research presentation on a specific question addressed within the scholarship of teaching and learning. The "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" talks take place over lunch (provided by the CTE) and are open to all faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

To ensure we are prepared for an appropriate number of guests, we ask that those planning to attend RSVP here.