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ERIC Number: ED178571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Selection of Course Evaluation Items by High and Low Rated Faculty.
Ory, John C.; Brandenburg, Dale C.
CAFETERIA-type rating systems, modeled after the one developed at Purdue University, allow the instructors being evaluated to select those items which their students will use in evaluating the instructors. Such computer-assisted systems allow the instructor to tailor the evaluation to the particular instructional strategies used. This study investigated the influence of teacher characteristics and rating received on item selection. A total of 533 instructors--rated both high and low by their students--were classified according to subject discipline (agriculture, commerce, education, social sciences, physical sciences, humanities, and fine arts); and faculty rank/teaching experience. The item content (whether it referred to student, teacher, or course characteristics) was also examined. It was concluded that faculty, in general, selected items in a similar pattern, regardless of their academic rank or departmental discipline. Items pertaining to course management were most frequently selected, perhaps because teachers felt they were most likely to be able to improve in that area. The suggestion that teachers select items which will help them to receive a higher rating was not supported, since there were no statistically significant differences in item selection between high and low-rated faculty. (GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Assisted Test Construction; Instructor and Course Evaluation System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (San Francisco, CA, April 9-11, 1979)