An alternative method of measuring teacher quality
ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation
EDRS No. ED451250. Paper presented at the European Conference for Research in Learning and Instruction (8th, Goteborg, Sweden, August 1999).
Presents an alternative to student questionnaires for the evaluation of teaching quality, which is defined as maximizing students' academic attainment and the satisfaction of students and the lecturer with the course. The approach aligns students' and the teacher's expectations for change during the course. Previous research has identified three fundamental abilities that lecturers seek to change during the course: (1) technical skills; (2) professional competence; and (3) professional attitudes. A Three Ability Framework (3AF) has been developed to compare students' assessments of the change in these three abilities with the instructor's perceptions of change. The alignment between these evaluations, expressed as the result of subtracting student-rated change from lecturer-rated change, is a figure that can be used as the effective teaching score. To use the 3AF in practice, lecturers explain the abilities to their students, and then ask for ratings at desired time points during the course. This method promotes a positive teaching and learning culture in direct and indirect ways.....