Monday, June 03, 2013

Do The Best Teachers Get The Worst Student Evaluation Scores?

Maybe.

I get pretty good student evaluation scores, and I don't trust the things much at all.

3 Comments:

Blogger The Mystic said...

Such a phenomenon's existence seems dependent merely upon the average student's character.

Call me cynical, but I see no immediate cause for surprise and/or disbelief.

10:41 PM  
Blogger The Mystic said...

I made that comment before I read the link. I can't say it's easy to agree with the guy, who states directly that "the authors speculated" what he then immediately portrays as the summarization of research findings.

As you put it, a "maybe" is definitely in order here.

I would be less surprised to find that the mechanism of action responsible for such a situation (if one truly exists, of course) is far more simple: The best teachers incur more ire from bad students than bad teachers. And we have an increasing volume of bad students.

10:46 PM  
Blogger The Mystic said...

I made that comment before I read the link. I can't say it's easy to agree with the guy, who states directly that "the authors speculated" what he then immediately portrays as the summarization of research findings.

As you put it, a "maybe" is definitely in order here.

I would be less surprised to find that the mechanism of action responsible for such a situation (if one truly exists, of course) is far more simple: The best teachers incur more ire from bad students than bad teachers. And we have an increasing volume of bad students.

10:46 PM  

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