How useful is the evaluation of teaching? An exploratory study on students’ beliefs


  • Jose-Maria Ernesto Garcia Garduno Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México



Student beliefs, teaching evaluation, student ratings of instruction, college students


The aim of the present paper was to explore student beliefs on teaching evaluation, their purposes, validity, and positive and negative aspects. One hundred sixty three college students of Social Sciences and Humanities majors of a Mexican public university participated in this study. Results point out that for students the evaluation of teaching has a summative purpose of control and supervision of classroom teaching. Students deem that evaluation of teaching lacks usefulness and student ratings of teaching are not a valid measure. The study concluded that policies on evaluation of teaching have not yielded expected results and that students’ beliefs are similar to those findings reported by recent research that is critical of the use of student ratings to improve the quality of teaching. Results are discussed.


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Author Biography

Jose-Maria Ernesto Garcia Garduno, Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México

José- María García-Garduno. He did a B.A  in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Education  at Universidad Iberoamericana. He obtained a Masters in Educational Administration from SUNY Albany and did a Ph.D. in Educational Administration at Ohio University. He  is professor at Universidad Autonoma de la Ciudad de Mexico  . His research interests are related to  evaluation of teaching, eduational leadership, and curriculum theory.    He recently published with Charles Slater and Gema Lopez Gorosave “Beginning elementary principals around the world” in Management in Education (2011). Currently is working on the translation into Spanish of the work of William Pinar.



How to Cite

Garcia Garduno, J.-M. E. (2014). How useful is the evaluation of teaching? An exploratory study on students’ beliefs. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 22, 15.