Factors students in Strathmore University consider in evaluating teaching effectiveness: lessons for higher education management Journal Article

Authors: Bett, Harry; Makhanu, Everlyne
Article Title: Factors students in Strathmore University consider in evaluating teaching effectiveness: lessons for higher education management
Alternate Title: International Journal
Abstract: More studies have been carried out in the field of Students Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness (SETE) than in any other area of evaluation of teaching. Several factors, such as instructor personality, grades awarded and students’ tastes and preferences, have been found to influence (albeit in varying degrees) the evaluation of teaching by students. This has therefore put the validity and reliability of scores from such evaluations into question. Though student evaluation of teaching is carried out in most institutions, there is need to establish if the ratings that are awarded in this process are valid and reliable enough to be used f or academic and personnel decision making. This paper reports results of a study done in 2012 in Strathmore University as part of research findings for a Master’s degree thesis. The study aimed at investigating the factors that university students consider in evaluating teaching effectiveness in Strathmore University (SU).The specific objectives were: to explore students understanding of the reason for evaluating teaching effectiveness; to examine the factors that students consider while evaluating teachin g effectiveness, and lastly, to analyse students’ opinion about their evaluation of teaching effectiveness. The study was carried out using the explorative descriptive design; and used the probability sampling technique to collect data. Stratified probabil ity sampling was used as second and third year students provided feedback for the research study. The data was collected using questionnaires and processed using the SPSS statistical method then analysed in percentages. Findings from the study indicate t hat majority of the students (85.8%) understand the reason for evaluating teaching to be improvement of teaching and learning. On factors considered in SETE, instructor personality and extent of learning are considered the most important factors at 86.6% and 85.8% respectively. Majority of the students (87.2%) are in favour of the use of the SETE process in the university to evaluate teaching effectiveness. This research study will be of immense contribution to the field of SETE, especially here in Strathmore University. It will help guide decision making with regard to improvement of instruction; as well as matters pertaining to staff appraisal. The findings from this study will also help other institutions of higher learning within the country and beyond.
Keywords: student evaluations; teaching effectiveness; ratings; instructor; instruction
Journal Title: International Journal of Research In Social Sciences
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
ISSN: 2307 - 227X
Publisher: International Journal of Research In Social Sciences  
Date Published: 2013-08
Start Page: 2307
End Page: 227X