ERIC Number: ED057745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Studies of Student Ratings of Faculty. Final Report.
McKeachie, Wilbert J.
Reports of all published factor analyses of student ratings of college faculty were analyzed to determine what common factors emerge and to identify items likely to be useful in discriminating teachers along basic dimensions of difference. A 39-item form was administered to students of 18 instructors both at the beginning and the end of a semester course. Results were analyzed both by factor analysis and multiple discriminant analyses and the dimensions emerging were compared with those reported in an earlier study. Structure, skill and rapport seemed to be the dimensions common to the 2 studies. The differences between the results of multiple discriminant analysis and factor analysis point to differences between student stereotypes of teacher behavior and differences between teachers. Both analyses provide useful information, but for uses in which the primary concern is to compare one teacher with another, the dimensions derived by multiple discriminant analyses seem likely to be more useful. (Author/HS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Coll. of Literature, Science, and the Arts.