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Students are Almost as Effective as Professors in University Teaching

Jan Feld (), Nicolas Salamanca () and Ulf Zölitz ()
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Ulf Zölitz: University of Zurich

No 12491, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In a previous paper, we have shown that academic rank is largely unrelated to tutorial teaching effectiveness. In this paper, we further explore the effectiveness of the lowest-ranked instructors: students. We confirm that students are almost as effective as senior instructors, and we produce results informative on the effects of expanding the use of student instructors. We conclude that hiring moderately more student instructors would not harm students, but exclusively using them will likely negatively affect student outcomes. Given how inexpensive student instructors are, however, such a policy might still be worth it.

Keywords: student instructors; university; teacher performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I24 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lma and nep-sog
Date: 2019-07
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