In Higher Education the evaluation of the quality of teaching by students is widely used, despite frequent criticism of its validity, procedures and use of the information collected. Ten teachers from three Portuguese public universities were interviewed, and an exhaustive thematic analysis was performed. Teachers consider important students to evaluate teaching. On the positive side, they point out the opportunity to listen to students and the resulting contributions to improve teaching practices. However, the criticism and the negative aspects prevailed, highlighting the little validity of the surveys, the weak representation of the students who respond, or the lack of institutional policy about the utilization of the information collected. Some implications are presented with a perspective on evaluation and improvement of pedagogical practices.
Higher Education; Student Evaluations of Teaching; Pedagogic Surveys