ERIC Number: ED192648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Student Ratings and Image for an Ideal Professor.
O'Tuel, Frances S.
A 16-item Q-sort evaluation of teaching was administered to 2,784 graduate and undergraduate students in education at a state university. Four subscales based on Spady's (1974) teacher competencies model, subject expertise, pedagogical expertise, stimulation and empathy were obtained from two pilot studies. Test-retest reliability and construct validity were established. On the pre-course sort, the most important characteristics of an ideal professor were "knowledge of subject matter" followed by "communicates clearly" and "presents well-organized course." On the post-test evaluation of the professor these factors plus "enthusiastic about teaching" were obtained. Correlations between pre-test and post-test were significant at the .001 level and ranged from .30 to .50. Students' ratings of professors appear to be little more than their scaling of the professor against their expectations. If they get what they expect the professor rates high, and if it is different, the professor rates low. Reexamination of the use of student rating forms for important decisions is suggested. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Kiawah Island, SC, February 1979).