Section 8.1 General Issues of Reliability & Validity

Section 8.1 General Issues of Reliability & Validity

Section 8.1 General Issues of Reliability & Validity

Questions of validity and reliability in summative SET are frequently raised in research, which has proposed that the vast majority of universities use student evaluation forms that have only the lowest level of accuracy and content validity (Hinton, 1993).


Concerns over these issues are understandably amplified when the data may impact on professional progression, career prospects, or the imposition of external controls or interventions on poorly performing institutions (Rakoczy, Klieme, Bürgermeister, Harks, 2008).


In general the discussion of the two occurs simultaneously, as though one were synonymous with the other. In reality these are two separate issues that present different challenges for SET.



Activity 8.1

Before looking at the information in the following sections take a moment to reflect on your own experience of SET. How would you define reliability and validity in relation to SET, and what steps have you taken to address each?


Reliability in SET refers to:

Steps I have taken to ensure reliablility include:

Validity in SET refers to:

Steps I have taken to ensure validity include:

Submit your answers


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