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Is Student Perception a Good Measure of Teacher Quality?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

What makes a teacher effective? Prior research on teacher quality has largely focused on objective quantifiable teacher characteristics, finding varying conclusions. This paper explores a subjective measure of teacher effectiveness, student opinion of their high school science and mathematics teachers' methodology, to estimate its effects on student achievement. A combination of OLS, fixed effects, and an instrumental variable approach are used on a nationally representative panel data set of 8th graders in the United States. The main results of this paper show that student perception has some casual effect on student test scores, with slightly larger---but small---impacts in science that persist even when controlling for systematic differences across schools; student opinion of their mathematics teachers has negligible effects on test scores. While existing research on objective teacher quality measures find stronger positive effects on student mathematics achievement, the results of this paper suggest that a teacher's soft skills may be more important for improving student science achievement.

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2013. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
Education, K 12, Teacher, Subjective Measures, Teacher Quality, Student Opinion
National Category
Social Sciences Economics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202782OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-202782DiVA: diva2:634311
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Master Programme in Economics
Available from: 2013-07-03 Created: 2013-06-27 Last updated: 2013-07-03Bibliographically approved

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