Good grade in German, poor evaluation of math lessons

Study by the University of Tübingen shows: Good grades in one subject also influence how students evaluate other subjects

Students are increasingly evaluating the quality of their school lessons. But this does not always happen entirely without other influencing criteria, as researchers at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology have now been able to prove in a study. The researchers found evidence that grades not only influence the assessment of teaching in the respective subject, but can also lead to effects on the assessment of other subjects. In concrete terms, this means that if teachers award above-average grades, this can lead to their own teaching being rated better - but in return can also earn their colleagues a slightly lower teaching rating. The study thus provides important information on the use of student evaluations in practice and has now been published in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

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