A technique for improving institutional learning culture by monitoring the quality of teaching
ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation
EDRS No. ED451248. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for Institutional Research (21st, Lund, Sweden, August 1999).
Presents an alternative means of assessing faculty teaching that has been derived from in-depth faculty and student interviews, and its criterion of quality has been validated with empirical data through computer sensitivity analysis. The assessment process has been successfully tested in clinical teaching trials. Interviews with faculty have identified that their implicit expectations for professional development can be described in terms of technical skills, professional competence, and professional attitudes. This Three Ability Framework (3AF) is explained to the students by the lecturer, who is then rated by the students on each of these abilities. The lecturer rates himself or herself on the same abilities, and the alignment between the self-rating and the students' ratings is used as a measure of the effectiveness of teaching. The indicator of effective teaching is that the students and the instructor are working toward the same changes. This method promotes a positive teaching and learning culture in direct and indirect ways as it encourages teaching that promotes students' critical and evaluative thinking and high standards in technical skills and professional values.....