oa Mosenodi - Debating the validity and reliability of student evaluation of staff : evaluation of quality teaching at the University of Botswana
While in Europe and most of the developed world student ratings of instructors (SRls) continues to be the principal source of evidence for evaluating the quality of teaching in contrast, the use of SRis is a recent phenomenon in Sub-Saharan Africa. In most universities in Sub-Saharan Africa, the evaluation of teaching is based on Heads of Departments' (HODs) and peer assessment reports. Sub-Saharan African Universities which are introducing SRis are meeting resistance from staff who raise many concerns about the valid and reliability of the instruments used and the ability of the students to evaluate instructors. In this article, we look at the literature on the evaluation of the quality of teaching and the validity and reliability of instruments used in the evaluation of teaching at the University of Botswana. The article discusses the concerns raised by lecturers regarding the instruments and examines how the evaluation of teaching has - over the last eight years - been improved to address some of the concerns raised by lecturers.
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