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posted on 04.08.2022, 03:29 authored by Jan FeldJan Feld, Nicolás Salamanca, Ulf Zölitz

A substantial share of university instruction happens in tutorial sessions—small group instruction given parallel to lectures. In this paper, we study whether instructors with a higher academic rank teach tutorials more effectively in a setting where students are randomly assigned to tutorial groups. We find this to be largely not the case. Academic rank is unrelated to students’ current and future performance and only weakly positively related to students’ course evaluations. Building on these results, we discuss different staffing scenarios that show that universities can substantially reduce costs by increasingly relying on lower-ranked instructors for tutorial teaching. 

Funding

2nd WORKSHOP of the Centre for Social Data Analytics - Auckland - Feb 2017 | Funder: COMMERCE

NZAE conference - Wellington - July 2017 | Funder: COMMERCE

RSL - 7 months from 20 June 2019 to 19 January 2020 (5 months overseas)

History

Preferred citation

Feld, J., Salamanca, N. & Zölitz, U. (2019). Students are almost as effective as professors in university teaching. Economics of Education Review, 73(12491), 101912-101912. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2019.101912

Journal title

Economics of Education Review

Volume

73

Issue

12491

Publication date

01/12/2019

Pagination

101912-101912

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Publication status

Published

ISSN

0272-7757

Article number

101912

Language

en