Why Conduct Surveys?

Assessment and evaluation are an essential part of professional growth for every educator.  In education, knowledge is indeed power—the power to change, improve and serve your students, meet their and their parents’ expectations, and make course content more relevant and effective.

From primary school through the graduate-level, teachers need to know the answers to a host of questions.  Is the coursework organized and presented in ways that make it understandable and effective?  Are the school and classroom environments conducive to learning? Are there problems or issues with safety, access, convenience, support or other areas that should be addressed? Does a teacher’s instructional style or interaction with students encourage or inhibit learning, and how might it improve? Is the teacher making good use of technology and other resources? How do parent perceive the teacher and the education their children receive?

The answers to these questions enable faculty and administrators to create and implement the changes and improvements that can yield genuine, lasting and meaningful outcomes.

Informal feedback obtained in class discussions, parent-teacher or student-teacher conferences, in-class observations and other methods provide important but incomplete information.  That’s why surveys serve as important tools for reaching out to key audiences to assess a wide range of issues.  Using surveys designed for specific groups and topics, you can gather focused feedback that helps identify where faculty members are succeeding or need to improve, learning issues, opinions on course content and other information.  The survey data helps you plan and design curriculum, improve teacher performance and interpersonal skills, encourage greater student engagement, improve faculty satisfaction, and other areas vital to the success of faculty and students.

You can utilize many types of surveys to reach out to important audiences and gather feedback. 

Click on sample surveys to take a look at a variety of templates you can use to design a survey that meets your feedback requirements.

Click on case history to read about the ways schools use surveys as an integrated measurement, evaluation and improvement tool.