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Non-response bias in student evaluations of teaching

Clifford Nowell, Lewis R. Gale and Joe Kerkvliet

International Review of Economics Education, 2014, vol. 17, issue C, 30-38

Abstract: For as long as colleges and universities have been conducting student evaluations of teaching (SET), faculty have questioned the validity of the information collected. Substantial effort has been expended to improve the SET process, and researchers have communicated a consistent understanding of why students evaluate teachers as they do. Most of these conclusions have been based on an analysis of SET data gathered at the end of the semester by a sample of students who may not represent all students enrolled in the class. This clearly creates the potential for a sample selection bias that puts into question much of what we have learned about why students evaluate their instructors as they do.

Keywords: Student evaluation of teaching; Sample selection; Non-response bias (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A2 C5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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