What do higher education instructors consider useful regarding student ratings of instruction? Limitations and recommendations

Seyedeh Azadeh Safavi, Kamariah Abu Bakar, Rohani Ahmad Tarmizi, Nor Hayati Alwi

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Abstract

Instructional improvement is a main purpose of performing Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) in higher education. Although issues on the subject of student ratings have been extensively researched, there have been limited studies dealing with the question that what types of ratings information are useful for instructors in order to make improvements in their instructional practices? This study explored the utility of ratings information as perceived by instructors, examined significant differences in utility of ratings information based on instructors' characteristics, and identified instructors' reactions and recommendations. The population comprised 1139 instructors from 15 faculties of a major Malaysian research university. 330 of them were surveyed, with a response rate of 75.1%. The responses were subjected to descriptive statistics, principal component analysis, one-way ANOVA, and independent t-test. The results showed that the ratings information which focused on instructor's efforts in student learning enhancement was considered useful for instructional improvement. The instructors acknowledged that there were limitations in the current student ratings being used. They shared the views that faculties/departments should not limit themselves to the common set of rating items, and that instructors with teaching problems should be recommended to use of instructional consultant services.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Pages653-657
Number of pages5
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership, WCLTA-2011 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 28 Oct 201130 Oct 2011

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Other2nd World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership, WCLTA-2011
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period28/10/1130/10/11

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Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Instructional improvement
  • Student ratings of instruction

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  • Social Sciences(all)
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What do higher education instructors consider useful regarding student ratings of instruction? Limitations and recommendations. / Safavi, Seyedeh Azadeh; Abu Bakar, Kamariah; Tarmizi, Rohani Ahmad; Alwi, Nor Hayati.

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 31 2012. p. 653-657.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Safavi, SA, Abu Bakar, K, Tarmizi, RA & Alwi, NH 2012, What do higher education instructors consider useful regarding student ratings of instruction? Limitations and recommendations. in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. vol. 31, pp. 653-657, 2nd World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership, WCLTA-2011, Istanbul, Turkey, 28/10/11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.12.119
Safavi, Seyedeh Azadeh ; Abu Bakar, Kamariah ; Tarmizi, Rohani Ahmad ; Alwi, Nor Hayati. / What do higher education instructors consider useful regarding student ratings of instruction? Limitations and recommendations. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 31 2012. pp. 653-657
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