Faculty evaluation by students: a review of criticisms

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Nouzar Nakhaee 1 , * , Masoud Dehghani 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Nakhaee N, Dehghani M . Faculty evaluation by students: a review of criticisms, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2012 ; 9(2):e60614.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 9 (2); e60614
Published Online: January 15, 2013
Article Type: Review Article
Received: August 21, 2017
Accepted: August 24, 2012

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Abstract

Background & Objective: The aim of faculty evaluation is to improve teaching quality. One of the
most common methods of faculty evaluation is student evaluation of teaching (SET). The original
purpose of SET was to provide feedback that can be used by faculties to improve their teaching
(formative evaluation). In time, this function was replaced by summative evaluation (for
administrative purposes). Using the SET results to guide improvements in the teaching process is
viewed generally as an acceptable practice, but utilization of the SET results for administrative
purposes is a matter of hot debate. Regarding the pivotal role of the SET results in promotion of an
individual faculty this narrative review was carried out to gain an overview of critiques that have
been voiced on SET. In-country studies reveal that a high percentage of faculties have criticisms
towards SET so that its validity becomes questionable. According to some international studies not
only the SET is an invalid measure for assessing teaching effectiveness but also it may lead to
decrement in teaching quality. Nationwide studies enrolling a representative sample of Medical
Universities are warranted to reply to the question that “Does administrative use of the SET results
lead to improvement in teaching quality?”

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Teaching Program evaluation Faculty Iran

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