Teaching evaluations & the tyranny of numbers
I read with interest, and some concern, the article by Sylvia HuntleyMoore and John Panter in the first issue of Overview: "Evaluating Teaching at the University ofWollongong" (Vol. 1. No.1, 1993). The authors were careful to point out differences between 'diagnostic' and 'assessment' evaluations, with only the latter evaluations to be used in promotion or appraisal processes. The use of the 'assessment' evaluations as evidence of teaching quality, not only in promotion or appraisal processes, but also in academic staff selection committees, is the issue I wish to address here.