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ERIC Number: ED182655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Instructor Feedback to Students: Effects on Subsequent Course Ratings.
McLaughlin, T. F.; And Others
The effects of feedback letters sent to students thanking them for their course ratings were examined in two experiments. In the first study, students who initially rated the course highly were not affected by the feedback letters. However, after being exposed to poor instructional materials (an inadequately prepared study guide), students who received feedback rated the course more positively than students who received no feedback. In the second experiment, students who rated the course highly during the early part of the term were unaffected by a thank-you letter from the instructor. Students who initially rated the course at a low level significantly increased their ratings following feedback. The results of both studies suggest that a simple thank-you letter from the instructor can improve low ratings. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Support and Development Center for Project Follow Through.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)