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ESTIMATING DETERMINANTS OF STUDENT EVALUATION SCORES TO IMPROVE TEACHING

By Laura M.J. McCann and Michael P. Burton

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Student evaluations are used for both formative and summative assessment of teachers. This paper provides a method to make more effective use of these student evaluations by individual teachers. Data on three years of evaluations in two courses were used to develop regression models to explain overall effectiveness of teaching. The relative importance of explanatory variables changed with the course taught.Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession,

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