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Student Feedback on Teaching in Schools

Using Student Perceptions for the Development of Teaching and Teachers

  • The only overview book that addresses the theoretical foundations of and empirical findings on the use of students’ perceptions for the development of teaching and teachers

  • Explores the implications of empirical findings for practitioners and policymakers

  • Examines a number of current concerns and ways to overcome them

  • Discusses under which conditions the sustained improvement of teaching quality can be realistically accomplished in the context of schools

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Process Model of Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT): A Theoretical Framework and Introductory Remarks

    • Sebastian Röhl, Hannah Bijlsma, Wolfram Rollett
    Pages 1-11Open Access
  3. Measuring Student Perceptions of Teaching: Reliability, Validity, and Theoretical Considerations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. A Reflection on Student Perceptions of Teaching Quality from Three Psychometric Perspectives: CCT, IRT and GT

      • Hannah Bijlsma, Rikkert van der Lans, Tim Mainhard, Perry den Brok
      Pages 15-29Open Access
    3. Student Perceptions of Teaching Quality: Dimensionality and Halo Effects

      • Sebastian Röhl, Wolfram Rollett
      Pages 31-45Open Access
    4. Understanding (Dis)Agreement in Student Ratings of Teaching and the Quality of the Learning Environment

      • Jonathan D. Schweig, José Felipe Martínez
      Pages 91-110Open Access
    5. Student Ratings of Teaching Quality Dimensions: Empirical Findings and Future Directions

      • Richard Göllner, Benjamin Fauth, Wolfgang Wagner
      Pages 111-122Open Access
  4. Using Student Feedback for the Development of Teaching and Teachers

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 123-123
    2. Relevant Conditions for Teachers’ Use of Student Feedback

      • Sebastian Röhl, Holger Gärtner
      Pages 157-172Open Access
    3. Student Feedback as a Source for Reflection in Practical Phases of Teacher Education

      • Kerstin Göbel, Corinne Wyss, Katharina Neuber, Meike Raaflaub
      Pages 173-189Open Access
  5. Relating to Other Fields of Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 207-207
  6. Discussion and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 257-257

About this book

This open access book provides a comprehensive and informative overview of the current state of research about student perceptions of and student feedback on teaching. After presentation of a new student feedback process model, evidence concerning the validity and reliability of student perceptions of teaching quality is discussed. This is followed by an overview of empirical research on the effects of student feedback on teachers and instruction in different contexts, as well as on factors promoting the successful implementation of feedback in schools. In summary, the findings emphasize that student perceptions of teaching quality can be a valid and reliable source of feedback for teachers. The effectiveness of student feedback on teaching is significantly related to its use in formative settings and to a positive feedback culture within schools. In addition, it is argued that the effectiveness of student feedback depends very much on the support for teachers when making use of the feedback. As this literature review impressively documents, teachers in their work - and ultimately students in their learning - can benefit substantially from student feedback on teaching in schools.


“This book reviews what we know about student feedback to teachers. It is detailed and it is a pleasure to read. To have these chapters in one place – and from those most up to date with the research literature and doing the research - is a gift.”

John Hattie


  • Student Perception of Teaching Quality
  • Student Feedback
  • Teacher Development
  • Teacher Professionalization
  • School Accountability
  • School Assessments
  • School Improvement
  • Teacher Education
  • Student Perception for Development of Education
  • Student Voice
  • Student Ratings of Instruction
  • Student Ratings of Classroom Climate
  • Classroom Observation Measures
  • Teaching Effectiveness
  • Teaching Quality in Primary School
  • Student Surveys
  • Data Use in Schools
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Educational Sciences, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany

    Wolfram Rollett, Sebastian Röhl

  • Section of Teacher Professionalization, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

    Hannah Bijlsma

About the editors

Wolfram Rollett is a Professor of Empirical Educational Research at the University of Education Freiburg and the Freiburg Advanced Center of Education (FACE). Previously he worked as a researcher and lecturer in the field of Educational Science and Psychology at the Universities of Potsdam, Braunschweig, Dortmund, and Wuppertal. His research focuses on school development processes, the quality of extra- and co-curricular activities, educational effectiveness, and classroom composition. 

After studying pedagogical and educational sciences and completing a teacher training course, Hannah Bijlsma has been working as a researcher (PhD) at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) and as a primary school teacher (grade 1). Her research focuses on measuring teaching quality and on the use of student perceptions of teaching quality in school contexts. In 2016 she founded a professional association for academic primary school teachers, of which she has been chairman for about five years. She is now a board member of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) and a board member of the EARLI SIG on School Effectiveness and Improvement. 

After more than 10 years of working as a grammar school teacher, school development consultant, and in teacher training, Sebastian Röhl has been an academic assistant in the department of educational science at the University of Education Freiburg and is postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Education at Tübingen University (Germany). Among other areas, he conducts research in the fields of teaching development and teacher professionalization through feedback, social networks in inclusive school classes, as well as teachers’ religiosity and its impact on professionalism. In addition, he is the director of an in-service professional master's study program for teaching and school development.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Student Feedback on Teaching in Schools

  • Book Subtitle: Using Student Perceptions for the Development of Teaching and Teachers

  • Editors: Wolfram Rollett, Hannah Bijlsma, Sebastian Röhl

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-75149-4Published: 14 August 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-75152-4Published: 14 August 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-75150-0Published: 12 August 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 271

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Research Methods in Education, Education

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)