The Effects of Student Feedback to Teachers: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2018-042/VII

44 Pages Posted: 10 May 2018  

Margaretha Buurman

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Josse Delfgaauw

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Robert Dur

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Economics; Tinbergen Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Robin Zoutenbier

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Date Written: April 24, 2018

Abstract

We conducted a field experiment to examine the effects of student feedback to teachers at a large Dutch school for intermediate vocational education. Students evaluated all teachers, but only a randomly selected group of teachers received feedback. Additionally, we asked all teachers before as well as after the experiment to assess their own performance on the same items. We find a precisely estimated zero average treatment effect of receiving feedback on student evaluation scores a year later. Only those teachers whose self-assessment before the experiment is much more positive than their students' evaluations improve significantly in response to receiving feedback. We also find that provision of feedback reduces the gap between teachers' self-assessment and students' assessment, but only to a limited extent. All of these results are driven by the female teachers in our sample; male teachers turn out to be unresponsive to student feedback.

Keywords: field experiment, feedback, teachers, student evaluations, gender differences

JEL Classification: C93, I2, M5

Suggested Citation

Buurman, Margaretha and Delfgaauw, Josse and Dur, Robert and Zoutenbier, Robin, The Effects of Student Feedback to Teachers: Evidence from a Field Experiment (April 24, 2018). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2018-042/VII. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3168466 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3168466

Margaretha Buurman (Contact Author)

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