Determining the attributes of effective business teachers is critical to schools as they strive to attract and retain students, assure learning, obtain and maintain reputation and accreditations, and place their alumni in the competitive job market. The purpose of this paper is to examine students and faculty perceptions of teaching effectiveness in five culturally disparate countries: Colombia, France, Lebanon, Sweden, and the USA.
A survey was designed based on previous research complemented by an extensive literature review as well as personal communications with faculty in different international business schools. The survey considered 39 teaching attributes related to three specific dimensions: class delivery, class preparation and design, and instructional traits and personal characteristics. The survey targeted students and faculty from seven business schools located in five countries.
This study offers new conceptual and analytical analyses from a cross-country comparative perspective. Rankings of the importance of perceived teaching attributes for both major groups involved in the teaching of business, faculty and students, are reported. The attributes are also ranked by teaching taxonomy and examined across countries.
This study provides practical results that can be useful to instructors wishing to increase their teaching effectiveness and to universities considering revising their student evaluation forms.
This study includes data collected from faculty and students from several schools located in culturally disparate countries and, thus, increases the applicability of the results in a cross-cultural manner and provides implications for practice internationally.
The authors would like to recognize the contribution and commitment of Universidad EAFIT, Lebanese American University, Lipscomb University, Jonkoping University, Kedge Business School, Troy University, and The University of Tampa. The authors are certain that without their cooperation the data collection of this paper could not have been possible. Furthermore, they want to acknowledge the time and interest by students and faculty members who responded to the designed survey.
Simendinger, E., El-Kassar, A.-N., Gonzalez-Perez, M.A., Crawford, J., Thomason, S., Reynet, P., Kjellander, B. and Edwards, J. (2017), "Teaching effectiveness attributes in business schools", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 31 No. 6, pp. 780-800. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-05-2016-0108Download as .RIS
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