The IDEA Center has published a number of papers and reports about their student ratings system. A small selection of those files is available below.
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- Teaching Evaluation and Number of Objectives Chosen - Research on how the number of learning objectives selected as important or essential affects IDEA teaching evaluations
- Validity of the IDEA Student Ratings - Results of studies of the validity of the IDEA ratings system
- Teaching Styles and Learning Outcomes - Research seeking to identify teaching styles that facilitate student progress on specific learning objectives
- Teaching Approach, Instructional Objectives, and Learning - Research into the relationships between teaching methods, learning objectives, and student learning
- Are Quantitatively Oriented Courses Different? - Research on the distinctive characteristics of courses emphasizing math/quantitative skills and the effects on student ratings
- Are Student Ratings of Courses and Instructors Fair to Faculty Teaching General/Liberal Education Classes? - Explores whether, when it comes to students ratings, instructors of classes students want to take have an advantage over instructors of classes students are required to take
- Data about the IDEA System - This report is divided into six sections. (1) Basic Data (including means, standard deviations, norms for types of institution, and inter-correlations of all items), (2) The Structure of the Ratings, (3) The Process of Adjusting Ratings, (4) Reliability, (5) Validity, and (6) Other Technical Questions
- Disciplinary Difference in Student Ratings - This report explores the question is there a significant difference in student ratings among disciplines.