The impact of teacher credibility and student motivation on teaching evaluations

El impacto de la credibilidad docente y la motivación del estudiante en la evaluación de la docencia

Facundo Froment, M. Rocío Bohórquez, and Alfonso Javier García González


The evaluation of teaching performance is a challenge and a necessity for the university community, which confers importance to it as it reflects the quality of the teaching-learning process. Different factors influence the out­comes of the teacher-student relationship, such as teacher credibility or academic motiva­tion. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to predict the results of the evaluation on uni­versity teachers based on student perceptions of teacher credibility, mediated by the motiva­tion of university students. 674 students from the University of Seville participated in the study, aged between 18 and 42 years (78.2% women and 21.8% men). The Credibility Scale, the Motivated Strategies for Learning Ques­tionnaire and the Evaluation of University Teaching Questionnaire were all applied. The data obtained were analyzed from a structur­al equation modeling approach using partial least squares (PLS-SEM) to predict teaching evaluation. The results highlight the direct effect of teacher credibility and motivation on teaching evaluation, as well as the mediating effect of motivation between teacher credi­bility and teaching evaluation. Through the predictive validity of the model, it is concluded that teaching credibility and the motivation of the university students predict the evalu­ation of university instructors. The findings relate to prior literature, and future research is proposed to analyse other possible methods for teachers to improve the teaching-learning process. Strategies are provided for teachers to manage their credibility in the teaching context, thus increasing the motivation of their students and improving the evaluations of their teaching.



Please, cite this article as follows: Froment, F., Bohórquez, M. R., García González, A. J. (2021). El impacto de la credibilidad docente y la motivación del estudiante en la evaluación de la docencia | The impact of teacher credibility and student motivation on the evaluation of instruction. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 79 (280), 413-435.

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Facundo Froment holds an In­ternational PhD in Education and is a researcher in the Department of Social Psychology at the Uni­versity of Seville. His research fo­cuses on students’ perceptions of teachers and their impact on teach­ing-learning processes. In this sense, he has published several scientific studies on teacher credibility and stu­dent academic motivation.

Rocío Bohórquez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Se­ville. Her research is developed in the field of interpersonal and intergroup relations in performance contexts such as higher education or sport; she has several scientific publications in this area. This research interest has led to several knowledge transfer pro­jects with companies.

Alfonso Javier García González is Associate Professor in the Depart­ment of Social Psychology. He has ob­tained numerous awards and research grants that have allowed him to devel­op research on psychosocial aspects of intergenerational relationships of older people and motivation and expectations of university students in relation to their teachers. He currently teaches Primary Education students on topics related to teachers’ social skills.