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Statisticians blast TEF for using dodgy data

Exercise will fail to identify teaching excellence, warns learned society.

Student satisfaction is no indicator of the quality of the teaching they received, the Royal Statistical Society has warned in its response to a technical consultation on how the teaching excellence framework would operate in 2016-17, which closed on 12 July.

“We are not aware that there is any evidence of a statistical link between the two concepts. What some research does show is that there is no reliable association between the two. Teaching that challenges preconceptions or forces students to engage in new ways, or is in any way non-standard, tends to attract low student satisfaction ratings and yet these teaching methods are often highly successful in boosting student learning,” it states.

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