Research and Papers

50 - Student Ratings of Teaching: A Summary of Research and Literature

IDEA Papers | Stephen L. Benton, The IDEA Center; William E. Cashin, Emeritus professor, Kansas State University

This IDEA Paper is an update of IDEA Paper No. 32 Student Ratings of Teaching: The Research Revisited (Cashin, 1995).  Much of the content of IDEA Paper No. 32 is retained where no subsequently published study has changed its basic conclusions. However, studies or reviews of the literature that provided questions, modifications, or further support for its conclusions were included in this paper.  We have attempted to summarize the conclusions of the major reviews of the student ratings research and literature from the 1970s to 2010. That literature is extensive and complex; a paper this brief can offer only broad, general summaries and limited citations.

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