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J Dent Educ. 1991 Feb;55(2):145-50.

Effectiveness of student ratings feedback and consultation for improving instruction in dental school.

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  • 1Department of Educational Development, School of Dentistry, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta 30912.


The effects of student ratings feedback and consultation on instructional improvement over a four-year time interval were examined. Of the 40 course directors who led the same course over a four-year period, nine sought consultation services after receiving results from their initial student course evaluation. A sample of nine course directors who received student ratings feedback but did not seek consultation were matched to this consultation group, and student ratings comparisons were made over the subsequent three-year period. The consultation group received significantly higher ratings than the ratings only group for six of the nine course rating items. The magnitude of these effect sizes were substantial. When viewed in light of previously reported controlled studies on feedback, the results suggest that consultation is an important adjunct to ratings feedback for improving subsequent instruction in dental education. In response to an attitudinal survey, course directors indicated that students were qualified to rate aspects of instruction and that ratings provided useful feedback for making course improvements. Recommendations for using student ratings feedback are provided.

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