Despite the fact that there is a good deal of research carried out in the area of student-teacher evaluations, there are few studies that seek the perspectives of the students. Consequently, this study focuses on middle school students’ views on student-teacher evaluations within an international school environment. Students were invited to respond to semi-structured interview questions, which explored their how they felt about providing teacher evaluations, the factors they considered important when evaluating, and whether they believed that the evaluations improved their learning. The findings indicate that students have a range of perspectives in relation to evaluations, with the majority feeling uncomfortable when asked to evaluate their teachers, whilst simultaneously believing that evaluations play a positive role in improving learning. Overall, students emphasized the relational aspects of teaching, and they believed that evaluations helped them to be more observant and reflective of teaching and learning.

Author: Mary C. Kelly

Published in: Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2022)

  • Date of Conference: 26-28 April 2022
  • DOI: 10.20533/IICE.2022.0021
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-46-4
  • Conference Location: Virtual (Dún Laoghaire, Ireland)