Universities depend on faculty evaluations to substantiate tenure and promotion decisions and it is well known that student ratings are a critical source of information for this process. Of recent concern in course evaluations is recency effect, a rating error that occurs when more weight is assigned to activities that are closer to the time of formal appraisal. Quantitative procedures used in this study revealed that students who were either trained in recency effect and kept a course diary or kept a course diary only were sensitive to this type of error on a measure of teaching skill, but not course organization. Qualitative procedures also revealed that students were aware of recency effect once it was defined. Accessed 22,308 times on https://pareonline.net from June 15, 2005 to December 31, 2019. For downloads from January 1, 2020 forward, please click on the PlumX Metrics link to the right.
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Dickey, David and Pearson, Carolyn
"Recency Effect in College Student Course Evaluations,"
Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation: Vol. 10
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/pare/vol10/iss1/6