Small Group Instructional Diagnosis

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) Resources

SGID Facilitator Guide

SGID Interviewer's Notes (Template)

"Use of Small Groups in Instructional Evaluation" by Joseph Clark and Jean Bekey

"Small Group Instructional Diagnosis: A Method for Enhancing Writing Instruction" by Darsie Bowden

"Student Ratings: Myths vs. Research Evidence" by Michael Theall

"Using SGID: A Way to Achieve More Effective Course Evaluations" by Greg Munro


Why SGIDs?

The SGID was developed by Joseph Clark and Mark Redmond as a government grant
project in 1982. There are a number of reasons to use the SGID:

1) To inquire into one’s course and the students’ learning experiences.
2) To obtain systematic feedback from student relatively early in the semester (6-8 weeks): it is useful feedback at the right time. And, the feedback is, perhaps, more helpful because it represents group attitude.
3) To locate what might be changed for improving students’ learning and satisfaction in a course.
4) To make changes that can improve students learning experiences during the remainder of the course.
5) They can be used to enhance teaching effectiveness. (formative vs. summative assessment)
6) They are low pressure for students and faculty because they are not “official” student assessments. (Not used for tenure and promotion)

To have a SGID done in your class, please fill out this form (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis Webform) and we'll contact you.