From students to teachers to parents to administrators, you have a lot of components that need to work together to create a supportive, efficient learning atmosphere. Should one group within the educational system become dissatisfied or ambivalent, it can create a domino effect that disrupts the entire academic community. So how do you know if your educational system is running smoothly? Well, you can send out an educational feedback survey to the different groups in your educational system and see how well things are going within your school or university.
At SurveyMonkey, we’ve got lots of ways you can start a conversation with your university or school community to gauge mood and effectiveness. Customise a survey of your own, or use one of our methodologist-certified educational survey templates to get you started. Here are a few ideas.
Determine the overall mood of your university’s lecturers and instructors with a university faculty satisfaction survey. Ask questions such as “How effective is the leadership of your department chair?” and “How fair is your pay at this university?” to discover your staff’s opinions about leadership, work/life balance and available resources.
Are students acting appropriately and being safe when they use email, Facebook, MySpace and the Internet in general? We’ve developed several child Internet safety questionnaires for students to determine how, where and when they use social media. You’ll get answers to questions such as “How much do your parents know about what you do on the Internet?” and “When you’re on social networking websites (like Facebook or Twitter), about how much of your time do you spend posting things about other people?”. For the best results, make sure you let the students know that these surveys are completely anonymous and secure.
What do parents think about the schools, teachers, community, and even their own ability to contribute effectively to their children’s education? Provide one of our targeted school survey templates focused on the parents, and ask such questions such as “How confident are you in your ability to support your child’s learning at home?” and “How much does a busy schedule prevent you from becoming involved with your child’s current school?”.
Sometimes you just need to know how students, teachers and parents are generally feeling about the school and community. Give them the opportunity to sound off about subjects such as “Our school shows respect for people from all backgrounds and cultures”, “Students think the school rules are fair” and “Teasing and picking on other students is pretty common here”.
Make sure each question brings you closer to your goal. Be mindful of survey takers’ time and word the questions clearly. A good rule of thumb is that your survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete.
You speak to children differently to how you speak to parents and educators. Keep your audience in mind when you’re writing questions and adjust according to the audience.
Do a pre-test run of your survey to discover awkward wording, incomplete thoughts, faulty skip logic and to help estimate the amount of time the survey will take a respondent to complete. You might be surprised what you discover.
Understand how parents interact with teachers and other parents about school involvement, fundraising, social needs and volunteering with this 6-question template.
Ask parents five short questions about how they support their children’s educational environment at home.
How empowered do parents feel to support their child’s learning at home and involvement at school? Help gauge their confidence level with this 7-question survey.
Use this staff satisfaction survey template to ask university staff about the leadership, interactions administration and general job satisfaction at their university. It’s a quick, 10-question survey.
The students have the opportunity to grade the university professors and instructors with this 10-question survey. Questions asked center around course materials, teaching methods, instructor availability, assignment usefulness, and overall satisfaction.
Hear from students about their experience at the university with this 14-question student graduation template. You’ll get insight about expected graduation dates, as well as overall impressions on the teaching quality, facilities, and future goals.
This 16-question general feedback survey lets college students express their satisfaction with teaching effectiveness, facilities, registration process, campus safety, and more.
The university TAs are evaluated in this 15-question survey. Students are asked to rate student assistants according to subject knowledge, material presentation, teaching ability, availability and overall effectiveness.
K-12 teachers are asked 10 questions in this teacher satisfaction questionnaire. Subjects such as school safety, resources, administrative support, standardised tests and student achievement are all explored in this template.
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