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Title:Students' evaluations of university lecturers
Author:Zindi, Fred
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Student participation
Evaluation techniques
Universities and colleges
Abstract:Student evaluation of teachers is a complex process. Quantitative and qualitative data were used to analyse the evaluation of lecturers at the University of Zimbabwe by 258 Graduate Certificate in Education students over a period of two years (1994-1995). Twelve lecturers in psychology, philosophy and sociology in the Faculty of Education were anonymously evaluated on a 5-point Likert scale, with 21 items. The students were also given another part of the evaluation instrument containing a section for general comments. Although a two-way analysis of variance showed significant interactions between lecturer and course taught, and between lecturer experience and course taught, the interaction between lecturer gender and course taught was not significant. Further analysis indicated that there are several extraneous covariates that make student evaluation of lecturers an almost impossible task. On the whole, the results reveal that the present evaluation instrument used in the Faculty of Education (Department of Educational Foundations) is far from being a reliable measure of teacher effectiveness. Bibliogr., sum.