ERIC Number: ED175937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Item Format and Deaf Students' Ratings of Classroom Instruction: A Comparative Analysis.
Dowaliby, Fred J.; McKee, Barbara G.
Two questions were addressed: the clustering pattern of postsecondary deaf students' ratings of classroom instruction compared to the ratings of hearing students, and the relative merits of a checklist format versus a Likert response format. Seven principal factors related to classroom instruction were evaluated: (1) practical gain, or course usefulness; (2) instructor enthusiasm; (3) workload/difficulty; (4) personal gain; (5) negative affect; (6) clarity of organization; and (7) clarity of student responsibilities. It was concluded that deaf postsecondary students considered several factors in rating instructors and that these factors were similar to those reported in studies using hearing students. It was also found that the Likert response format was preferable to the simple checklist format. The Likert form was more easily interpreted, accounted for a greater proportion of the total variance, and yielded more reliable factor scale scores. (MH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Likert Scales
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)