Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Third International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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An agreement-based approach for reliability assessment of Students’ Evaluations of Teaching
AMALIA VANACORE, Maria Sole Pellegrino

Last modified: 08-06-2017


Students’ Evaluations of Teaching (SETs) are the most common way to measure teaching quality in Higher Education: they are assuming a strategic role in monitoring teaching quality, becoming helpful in taking the major formative and summative academic decisions. The majority of studies investigating SETs reliability focus on the instruments and the procedures adopted to collect students' evaluations rather than on the capability of the students as teaching quality assessors. In order to overcome this lack, a study has been carried out with the aim of measuring SETs reliability in terms of inter-student agreement and intra-student agreement. The results of our study show that the majority of students provided substantially repeatable evaluations whereas only a few students provided almost perfectly repeatable evaluations; the evaluations provided by different students generally slightly agreed, which means that the students did not share the same opinions and beliefs on teaching quality.

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