Student Evaluations of Teachers Measure Student Bias More Than Teacher Effectiveness

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This study demonstrates that the amount of uncontrollable bias in student evaluations of teaching are so extreme that more effective instructors will obtain lower student evaluations than less effective instructors due to discriminatory bias from students. Student evaluations of teaching actually do not primarily measure teaching effectiveness, but are much more demonstrative of student perceptions of instructor identity.

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