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Title: Role of student ratings of lecturers in enhancing teaching at higher education institutions : a case study of the Durban University of Technology
Authors: Dorasamy, Nirmala 
Balkaran, Rishi 
Keywords: Student ratings
Issue Date: May-2013
Publisher: International Foundation for Research and Development
Source: Dorasamy, N. and Balkaran, R. 2013 Role of Student Ratings of Lecturers in Enhancing teaching at Higher Education Institutions: A case study of the Durban University of Technology. International Business & Economics Research Journal, 5(5): 268-281.
Abstract: Evaluation of the quality of programmes by students is considered an important assessment
instrument in determining
programme effectiveness within higher ed
ucation institutions.
Student
ratings
of lecturer
s are only a partial assessment of programmes, since other evaluations beyond students

perceptions are also considered important within higher
education institutions. Student
ratings are not
only important
in determining how students perceive their programmes within a highly competitive
higher education landscape in South Africa
,
but also highlight
the strengths and weaknesses of
programme
s which can be used as an impetus for programme enhancement
,
especially in view of the
increasing number of students entering higher education, while government spending is steadily
diminishing.
The
purpose of this study is to ass
ess
student ratings
of teaching competencies
that can be
used for programme evaluation
. A quantitative approach was used to analyse the various elements within
specific domains in the lecturer evaluation instrument used by the
F
aculty of
M
anagement
S
ciences at the
Durban University of Technology (DUT). The data reported are suggestive of th
e us
efulness of identifying
student
ratings
of important teaching competencies,
which is
considered as important in a growing
student centred orientation within higher education institutions. The article offers constructive analysis
of student
rating
s
of v
arious teaching competencies
across dep
artments in the faculty, while highlighting
strategies to ensure enhanced validity of studen
t
ratings. Student
ratings of lecturers provide valuable
information for faculty to use in programme assessment and consequen
t programme enhancement.
Further,
student
rating
s
of lecturers encourages
a student’s voice through confidential participation,
thereby ensuring that
the student experience is
fore grounded
at the learning and teaching interface.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10321/900
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