Accountability in the academy: Rasch measurement of student feedback surveys

Bond, Trevor G. (2005) Accountability in the academy: Rasch measurement of student feedback surveys. In: Waugh, Russell F., (ed.) Frontiers in Educational Psychology. Nova Science Publishers , New York, USA, pp. 119-129.

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This paper reports on the development of two forms of student survey designed to improve the teaching and the delivery of subjects at a major Australian university. ‘Student Feedback about Subjects’ (SFS) is an on-line survey designed so that every student can provide feedback about every subject studied, every time it is offered. ‘Student Feedback about Teaching’ (SFT) is a paper-based survey instrument that faculty may request as part of teaching evaluation for inclusion in applications for tenure or promotion. SFS is designed to provide immediate electronic feedback at the end of each teaching semester to faculty involved in teaching. Because the SFT is a high-stakes assessment, Rasch measurement techniques were used in the development of the instrument, and again in reporting of results to academic and appropriate administrative staff. The development of SFT survey benchmarks enabled informative Rasch-based links to be made to an earlier data bank and revealed interesting interactions between class size and endorsement of teaching practices.

Item ID: 7352
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-59454-109-4
Keywords: Rasch measurement; student feedback; survey research; Student surveys; university; teaching evaluation
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2010 01:50
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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