ERIC Number: ED163049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
Improving College Instruction: The Formative Assessment of College Teaching (FACT).
Herr, Gregory; Cohen, Peter A.
It is evident that there is an existing need for a process-oriented assessment instrument which can be used to provide instructors with specific diagnostic feedback that can be utilized in the college classroom. The goal of the present study was to develop and validate a multidimensional student rating instrument which would provide such information. The Formative Assessment of College Teaching (FACT) was developed around assumptions which differentiate it from traditional student rating instruments. Eleven a priori scales formed the initial theoretical structure for the FACT. The field test version of the instrument contained 55 items which were rated on a five-point Likert-type scale. The FACT was completed by 777 undergraduate students enrolled in Introductory Psychology, who rated their graduate teaching assistant instructors. Data from the field test was cluster analyzed. Evidence confirming the existence of eight of the eleven a priori scales was found, and four response scales were also developed. The effects of response bias and of selected student background variables upon the 8 main scales of the revised, 24-item instrument were explored. Assumptions inherent in the use of the FACT for instructional improvement were made. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Formative Assessment of College Teaching
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (81st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 30, 1978)