I had a conversation a while back in which someone referred to research indicating that student evaluations of faculty should ideally be used for formative rather than summative evaluation (i.e. in making a plan for professional development, rather than for deciding things like promotion or merit). I want to find a reference, but can't seem to locate one specifically on this point (although I can find lots that point out various reasons student evaluations are flawed). Does anyone know of a reference for this argument? Thanks in advance!

  • You might page through some of the existing Q&A here using the course-evaluation tag, as related discussions have come up before. Most answers are not referenced, but some are, for example this answer academia.stackexchange.com/a/161448/63475 has a reference that is critical of student evaluations as a measure of learning. I think "should be used" is necessarily going to be opinion-based and not something you can research, because it depends on your criteria for "should". Happy students might be desirable to the person deciding on promotions.
    – Bryan Krause
    Jun 17, 2022 at 21:23
  • @BryanKrause Thank you so much! I will check this out!
    – Idempotent
    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:42


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