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Disciplinary differences in student ratings of teaching quality


Kember, DR and Leung, DYP, Disciplinary differences in student ratings of teaching quality, Research in Higher Education, 52, (3) pp. 278-299. ISSN 0361-0365 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11162-010-9194-z


Comparisons of large samples of course and teaching evaluation questionnaire data show consistent disciplinary differences. The current study examined the disciplinary differences in a theoretical model positing the impact of the perceived nature of teaching and learning environment on the development of generic capabilities by testing of (1) whether a common model of good teaching operated across disciplines and (2) the extent of deployment of teaching variables and their impact on learning outcomes. The sample consisted of 3,305 first and third year Chinese undergraduates of a university in Hong Kong, divided into four broad disciplinary groupings. Multiple-group structural equation modelling analysis showed configural invariance of the hypothesised model, suggesting a common model of good teaching across disciplines; and significant differences in the magnitude of structural paths and latent mean values across the four disciplinary groups were obtained reflecting differences between disciplines in the extent to which elements within the teaching and learning environment were brought into play. Possible reasons in terms of the epistemological nature of the disciplines were given to explain for the disciplinary variations. © 2010 The Author(s).

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kember, DR (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:84493
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:44
Deposited By:Education
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