Predicting student ratings: the relationship between actual student ratings and instructors’ predictions.

F. Nasser-Abu Alhija, Barbara Fresko

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This study examined the relationship between student ratings and instructors’ predictions of these ratings, taking into account other instructor, student, and course characteristics. Participants in the study were 198 instructors in the School of Education at a major teacher training college in Israel. Data corresponding to one randomly selected course per instructor were collected using student and instructor questionnaires and college records. Results indicate a systematic positive relationship between instructors’ predictions and actual student ratings with respect to overall ratings and the ratings of three dimensions of teaching. Results also demonstrate a systematic trend whereby low‐rated instructors tend to overestimate their student ratings, high‐rated instructors underestimated ratings, and moderately rated instructors gave accurate predictions. Results have implications for using predictions to motivate teaching improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalAssessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2006


  • STUDENT evaluation of teachers
  • TEACHER training
  • COLLEGE teachers
  • UNIVERSITIES & colleges
  • Performance and Program Evaluation


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