Validity and reliability of student perceptions of teaching quality in primary education

van der Scheer, E. A., Bijlsma, H. J. E. & Glas, C. A. W., 2-Jan-2019, In : School Effectiveness and School Improvement. 30, 1, p. 30-50 21 p.

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A Bayesian IRT-model approach was used to investigate the validity
and reliability of student perceptions of teaching quality.
Furthermore, the student perceptions were compared with ratings
of teaching quality by external observers. Grade 4 students (n = 675)
filled out a questionnaire that was used to measure their opinions
about the lessons of their teachers. Three lessons of 39 teachers were
recorded and rated by 4 raters. The analyses showed that student
perception and lesson observation scales fit best in an 11-dimensional
model, which was an indication of construct validity and
discriminant validity. Student perception scales were reliable,
although not all items contributed to the scales to the same extent.
Student ratings and lesson observations scores generally correlated
moderately (ranging from r = .18 to r = .50). Higher correlations were
found for scales with a similar content; however, no clear pattern was
apparent. Suggestions for future research are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-50
Number of pages21
JournalSchool Effectiveness and School Improvement
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2-Jan-2019


  • student perceptions, classroom observations, teachin quality, OF-THE-ART, RATINGS, FEEDBACK, MODEL

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