Jan Feld - Returns to Teaching Repetition – The Effect of Short-term Teaching Experience on Student Outcomes

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Title: Returns to Teaching Repetition – The Effect of Short-term Teaching Experience on Student Outcomes

Abstract: Recent research suggests instructor effectiveness improves with course-specific teaching experience. While this experience can be accrued one unit at a time, instructors in higher education often teach several sections of a course in parallel, such that they repeat the same lesson multiple times in a day. However, little is known about how this intensive form of experience impacts student outcomes. In this paper, we examine the effect of teaching repetition in a setting where students are randomly assigned to a university instructor’s first, second, third or fourth lesson on the same day. We do not find meaningful effects of repetition on grades, course dropout, teaching evaluations and study effort, but we can confidently rule out large positive and negative effects. Because repetition allows instructors to economize on preparation time and other course-specific investments, our results suggest that the net effect of teaching repetition to an institution is positive.

Presenter: Jan Feld, Victoria University of Wellington

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