ERIC Number: ED178598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-9
Reference Count: 0
Causal Analysis of the Effects of Situational Variables on Student Evaluation of Instruction.
Mazzuca, Steven A.; Feldhusen, John F.
A theory, which proposed a hierarchy of determinants of student ratings of instruction, was tested. Situational variables such as class size, elective enrollment, and grade expectancy were hypothesized to be only indicators of more potent determiners. These motivational constructs were diversity of enrollment motives and subject matter interests, and satisfaction of important subject-related interests. The theory was tested using path analysis with a sample of 1,939 college students in 52 classes, taught by 43 instructors. Results supported the concept of a hierarchy of determinants. (Conclusions regarding the importance of study variables, and implications for the administrative and diagnostic use of ratings were addressed). (Author/GDC)
Descriptors: Biographical Inventories, Class Size, Course Evaluation, Critical Path Method, Grades (Scholastic), Higher Education, Hypothesis Testing, Majors (Students), Participant Satisfaction, Predictor Variables, Program Attitudes, Research Reports, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Interests, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Causal Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)