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Students are almost as effective as professors in university teaching


Feld, Jan; Salamanca, Nicolas; Zölitz, Ulf (2017). Students are almost as effective as professors in university teaching. Melbourne Institute Working Papers 23/17, Melbourne Institute.

Abstract

Many universities around the world rely on student instructors—current bachelor’s and master’s degree students—for tutorial teaching, yet we know nothing about their effectiveness. In a setting with random assignment of instructors to students, we show that student instructors are almost as effective as senior instructors at improving their students’ short- and longer-run academic achievement and labor market outcomes. We find little heterogeneity across different course types, student characteristics, or instructors’ personal academic quality. Our results suggest that the use of student instructors can serve as an effective tool for universities to reduce their costs with negligible negative effects on students.

Abstract

Many universities around the world rely on student instructors—current bachelor’s and master’s degree students—for tutorial teaching, yet we know nothing about their effectiveness. In a setting with random assignment of instructors to students, we show that student instructors are almost as effective as senior instructors at improving their students’ short- and longer-run academic achievement and labor market outcomes. We find little heterogeneity across different course types, student characteristics, or instructors’ personal academic quality. Our results suggest that the use of student instructors can serve as an effective tool for universities to reduce their costs with negligible negative effects on students.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:I21, I24, J24
Uncontrolled Keywords:Student instructors, university, teacher performance
Language:English
Date:September 2017
Deposited On:09 Feb 2018 10:38
Last Modified:31 Jul 2018 04:17
Series Name:Melbourne Institute Working Papers
Number of Pages:57
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://melbourneinstitute.unimelb.edu.au/publications/working-papers/search/result?paper=2488374

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