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Study says more than 33 percent lie on course evaluations

The study also reported about 56 percent of students reported they knew somebody who had given a professor a better or worse evaluation than they thought the instructor deserved.

The study, conducted by Northern Illinois University professor of marketing Dennis Clayson and Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor of marketing Debra Haley, examined student responses on professor evaluations and found students purposely report false information to reward or to punish instructors.

Clayson said they asked 236 students at two universities about what they write on professor evaluations and what other people they know write in the evaluations.

According to the study, about one-third of all students have written something on evaluations that did not accurately reflect their opinions of the class or the professor.

The study also reported about 56 percent of students reported they knew somebody who had given a professor a better or worse evaluation than they thought the instructor deserved.

Clayson said the study analyzed an area that is not often touched in the learning community because universities really do not question whether or not students are giving honest responses.

Read the full story at the Badger Herald.

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