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Iranian Journal of Medical Education 2015, 15 - : 393-404 Back to browse issues page
Analysis of structural relationships of variables associated with evaluation of teaching by students in medical education
Majid Yousefi Afrashteh, Seyed kamran Soltani arabshahi, Shole Bigdeli, Shahnam Sedigh maroofi
, maroofi.sedigh@gmail.com
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Introduction: Teaching evaluation by university students is one of essential and controversial processes in higher education. The core of debates over student evaluation of professors is the possibility of interference of factors irrelevant to professor’s teaching skills and capabilities. The main purpose of this research was to explore the confounding variables in teaching evaluation by students. Methods: This paper was a descriptive correlational study which employed structural equation modeling. The population included all BSc students of paramedics' faculties studying in the second semester of 2013-2014 academic year in Iran University of Medical Sciences. A number of 250 participants were selected through cluster sampling. The data collection tool was Ghazi Tabataei and Yousefi’s questionnaire modeled after Marks, Paswan, and Young with a five point Likert scale and 31 items. It measured six factors related to student evaluation of teaching. The data were analyzed by means of structural equation modeling technique. Results: A number of 215 questionnaires were analyzed. The findings showed that professor-student interpersonal relationship, students' interest in the course, and professors' effort and involvement had a positive correlation with student evaluation, and course difficulty, dissatisfaction with the scores and the difficulty of assignments had a negative correlation with student evaluation of the professor. Conclusion: The results showed that confounding and sometimes confusing factors may affect student evaluation of teaching and cause false judgments or decisions.
Keywords: Student Evaluation, professors' teaching, structural equation modeling, medical education
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Type of Study: Original research article | Subject: Teacher Evaluation
Received: 2015/04/23 | Accepted: 2015/08/16 | Published: 2015/12/20

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