So how big is big? Investigating the impact of class size on ratings in student evaluation

Gannaway, Deanne, Green, Teegan and Mertova, Patricie (2017) So how big is big? Investigating the impact of class size on ratings in student evaluation. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, . doi:10.1080/02602938.2017.1317327


Author Gannaway, Deanne
Green, Teegan
Mertova, Patricie
Title So how big is big? Investigating the impact of class size on ratings in student evaluation
Journal name Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-297X
0260-2938
Publication date 2017-04-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02602938.2017.1317327
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Australian universities have a long history of use of student satisfaction surveys. Their use has expanded and purpose changed over time. The surveys are often viewed as distorted by external influences such as discipline context, class size and year level of participants. This paper reports on the results of a large-scale investigation interrogating the influence of class size on student satisfaction ratings. The investigation was conducted at a large, comprehensive, research-intensive Australian university. It drew on the data from a survey administered to all students in all units of undergraduate and postgraduate study conducted across the university over four semesters. Data were collated into four class size categories. This categorised data were subjected to statistical analyses. This paper discusses the approach taken, the results of the analysis and their implications for student evaluation of teaching and learning.
Keyword Class size
Higher education
Student evaluation
Student satisfaction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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