student evaluations? sad!

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how I changed my mind about student evaluations of teachers. Early evidence showed that they correlated with student learning, but newer analysis reverses this conclusion. The James G. Martin Center, with my permission, edited and reprinted the post. A teaser:

The fundamental issue is that colleges should probably not be judged using the logic of consumer satisfaction. The metric of customer happiness makes sense for products that are meant to be immediately entertaining, like watching television. But education, especially higher education, is about learning which, by nature, is a stressful and inconvenient thing. And the onus for success should be at least as much on the student as on the teacher.

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Written by fabiorojas

March 1, 2018 at 5:53 am

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  1. Why would you say that learning is by nature stressful and inconvenient? What learning through play, just as the first example that comes to mind?



    March 1, 2018 at 6:46 pm

  2. It is stressful because we often need negative feedback in order to become better.



    March 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm

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