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Revolutionising Education: Evaluation of teachers a must


Published : 17 Jan 2024 10:14 PM

In the higher education, the global standard for assessing teaching effectiveness lies in student evaluations of teachers, a tool deemed essential for ensuring student-centered learning and fostering accountability within universities. However, a noticeable absence of this practice is observed in our public universities.

Student evaluations serve as invaluable sources of insight into the effectiveness of a course or program, shedding light on strengths and areas for improvement. More significantly, they redirect the focus from teacher-centered to student-centered learning, thereby elevating student engagement and motivation.

Regrettably, the lack of a policy supporting teacher evaluation in public universities in Bangladesh not only impedes student growth but also undermines the overall quality of education.

The measurement of teaching effectiveness can take various forms. One such metric is 'Student Achievement Growth,' gauging a teacher's impact on a student's academic progress over time, a critical measure in assessing instructional methods' efficacy in enhancing academic performance.

Another measure involves gathering 'Student Perceptions of Teacher Effectiveness and Classroom Instructional Climate,' obtaining feedback on the teacher's effectiveness and the classroom environment. Such insights help teachers understand how their methods and management techniques are perceived by students.

Peer reviews, a powerful tool for teacher improvement, facilitate observation and discussion of teaching strategies among colleagues. These reviews foster a collaborative culture among teachers, establishing a continuous learning environment where experiences and expertise are shared.

Teachers must interpret feedback from students and peers judiciously, focusing on constructive suggestions and identifying patterns. They should leverage this feedback for self-reflection and goal-setting to enhance their teaching practices.

However, the interpretation of student evaluations can sometimes be flawed, with teachers either overly emphasizing negative comments or misunderstanding feedback. They may overlook positive feedback, fail to recognize strengths, and take feedback personally instead of viewing it as a tool for professional growth.

Similar to student evaluations, peer reviews are instruments for growth and improvement. Teachers should celebrate successes and use these evaluations as tools to enhance their teaching methods.

It is imperative for public universities to acknowledge the significance of student evaluations and peer reviews. These tools not only enhance teaching quality but also contribute to the overall development of the education system.

Implementing these practices can improve teaching quality, instill accountability, nurture a culture of continuous learning, and enhance students' learning experiences. Additionally, they foster openness and transparency, encouraging teachers to strive for excellence and innovation while giving students a voice in their learning process.

While challenges exist in implementing these practices, the potential benefits far outweigh the costs. Stakeholders, from policymakers to university administrators, teachers to students, must collaborate to make these practices a reality.

Ultimately, creating an educational environment that truly values and promotes learning requires empowerment for both teachers and students. Student evaluations and peer reviews play a pivotal role in realizing this vision.