ERIC Number: ED204384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Observer Effect in Classroom Visitation.
Ward, Marilyn D.; And Others
Using behavioral rating forms, college professors were covertly rated each day by pairs of students ostensibly enrolled in their classes. On specified days pairs of faculty observers introduced themselves to the instructor and rated him using the same forms. The purpose was to determine whether changes occurred in the instructor's behavior as a result of the intrusion of peers into the classroom. Economics, Mathematics, and Psychology classes were observed. Interrater reliabilities were very high. On peer observer days teacher-initiated talk significantly decreased and instructors received significantly higher student ratings than on baseline days. The results of the study have implications for several areas concerning faculty evaluation. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Verbal Interaction Category System; Western Illinois Univ Evaluation Questionnaire
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).