Papers & Workshops



Individual Differences in University Students' Evaluations of Teaching


Dr Robert Cantwell

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

240 university students completed a 29 item pilot questionnaire indicating levels of satisfaction with teaching. Five areas of satisfaction were identified: Satisfaction with the Academic Climate in the subject, Satisfaction with Lecturing, Satisfaction with the Professional Relevance of the subject, Satisfaction with Assessment in the subject, and Satisfaction with the Subject Implementation. Weighted factor scores were then correlated with measures of individual differences (Self-regulatory Control, Achievement Goals and Epistemological Beliefs) and with academic performance in the subject evaluated. The results suggested students succeeding academically were more likely to positively evaluate the subject, while those reporting mastery achievement goals were also more positive about the subject. Students reporting more irresolute self-regulatory control were less successful academically, and less likely to report positive evaluations of the subject. The results are discussed in terms of the interpretation of student evaluations and implications for instructional design.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000