Importance of Various Aspects of Teaching on Overall Course Evaluations: Student & Faculty Views

Aspect of Teaching

Importance Stated by Students

Importance Stated by Faculty

Importance Shown by Correlation with Overall Evaluations

Teacher’s sensitivity to, and concern with, class level and progress

1

3

5

Teacher’s preparation & organization of the course

2

4

6

Teacher’s knowledge of the subject

3.5

1

9

Teacher’s stimulation of interest in the course and its subject matter

3.5

13.5

1

Teacher’s enthusiasm (for subject or for teaching)

5

2

8

Clarity and understandableness

6

5

2

Teacher’s availability and helpfulness

7

10

17

Teacher’s concern and respect for students/Friendliness of the teacher

8

10

13

Perceived outcome of impact of instruction

9

15.5

3

Instructor’s fairness/Impartiality of evaluation of students/Quality of examinations

10

7.5

15.5

Nature and value of the course material (including its usefulness and relevance)

11

10

14

Teacher’s elocutionary skills

12

19

10

Nature, quality, and frequency of feedback from the teacher to students

13

17

18

Teacher’s encouragement of questions and discussion, and openness to opinions of others

14

12

12

Nature and usefulness of supplementary materials and teaching aids

15

20

15.5

Teacher’s intellectual expansiveness (and intelligence)

16

13.5

11

Intellectual challenge and encouragement of independent thought (by the teacher and the course)

17.5

6

4

Teacher motivates students to do their best/High standards of performance required

17.5

7.5

7


Feldman, Kenneth A. “Effective College Teaching from the Students’ and Faculty’s View: Matched or Mismatched

                Priorities?” Research in Higher Education 28.4 (1988): 291-329.