Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/191405
Authors: 
Feld, Jan
Salamanca, Nicolás
Zölitz, Ulf
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 7380
Abstract: 
A substantial share of university instruction happens in tutorial sessions—small group instruction given parallel to lectures. In this paper, we study whether instructors with a higher academic rank teach tutorials more effectively in a setting where students are randomly assigned to tutorial groups. We find this to be largely not the case. Academic rank is unrelated to students’ current and future performance and only weakly positively related to students’ course evaluations. Building on these results, we discuss different staffing scenarios that show that universities can substantially reduce costs by increasingly relying on lower-ranked instructors for tutorial teaching.
Subjects: 
student instructors
university
teacher value-added
JEL: 
I21
I24
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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