A method of assessing quality reaching to create a positive institutional teaching and learning culture
ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation
EDRS No. ED451247. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Institute for the Study of Postsecondary Pedagogy (Ellenville, NY, November 1998).
Presents an alternative means of assessing faculty teaching that can be used by administrators. This method 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. In practice, lecturers explain these three skill areas to their students and describe how students will be taught and assessed. Students are asked to rate the lecturer on these three areas, and then the lecturer rates himself or herself. The indicator of effective teaching, that the students and the lecturer are working toward the same changes, is measured by the change expected from the students subtracted from the change expected by the lecturer. A 'zero' is the score that indicates perfect alignment. This method promotes a positive teaching and learning culture by encouraging teaching and learning that promotes students' critical and evaluative thinking.....