‘EFL Teacher Evaluation in the Eyes of EFL Students and Distinguished Observers: A Comparative Study’ by Saman Khaksefidi

Abstract

This study looks at how observers and students evaluate English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers. Different
views on teacher evaluation have been discussed while focusing on student evaluation is considered the rationale for
conducting this research. It explores the relationship between the observers’ and students’ evaluations of the teachers. Ten distinguished observers and 40 students took part in the research. By replying to 43 items of a questionnaire prepared by Chugach School District with alternatives from excellent to very poor, they evaluated the teacher. SPSS results revealed a very strong correlation of 0.84 between the evaluations done by the observers and the students. Thus, the students’ evaluations were very close to the observer’s evaluation. Students’ opinions of their teachers, though it is assumed to be biased and unrealistic, can be of assistance in having a more reliable evaluation of teachers if regarded carefully, and it can be included as a corroborating factor in the evaluation program of EFL institutes and at times it can determine the biased evaluations of the observers.

Key words: Biased evaluation, EFL students and teachers, Observer, Teacher Evaluation.

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