Validating the new student evaluation form

Fox, RP 1998, Validating the new student evaluation form , Project Report, University of Salford. (Unpublished)

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In 1997 the University introduced a new module evaluation form. The design of the form differed considerably from the typical 5 point Likert type scoring questionnaire encountered at many institutions. Instead, much greater weight was given to qualitative comments, only two scoring questions were asked instead of the typical 15 to 30. Although adoption of this form was voluntary it soon became the standard throughout the University. The purpose of this project was to reflect on this experience both from an institutional and educational point of view. There have been two outcomes. Firstly, this work formed the basis of a confidential report to the external University Audit team as evidence of the University as an innovative and reflective practitioner. Secondly, two working papers have been written and will be included in the School’s working paper series. The titles are: A content analysis of student written comments and From Quantitative to Qualitative Assessment: evaluating student questionnaires of teaching effectiveness. Both papers are available from the author. The first paper compares our results with the only known other study of its kind in the US. The conclusions are that statistical analysis of comments provides a clear picture of students’ views on courses with similarities and differences in priorities with that of the US study. The second paper records the immediate reactions of the faculties as gathered by a questionnaire. The paper further reflects on the interpretation problems of the numerical and qualitative (comments based) approaches by means of a case study. It is intended to progress this work, which was unfortunately delayed through staff changes, by publicising it more widely. To date one paper has been given at a Student Feedback Systems Conference at Loughborough University June 1999 as part of an FDTL project funded by HEFCE (

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Publisher: University of Salford
Funders: Teaching and Learning Quality Improvement Scheme
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2009 09:59
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:31

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