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ERIC Number: ED205086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Student-Faculty Interaction on Students' Educational Outcomes. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Endo, Jean J.; Harpel, Richard L.
The effect of student-faculty interaction on student outcomes after four years was examined within the context of a causal model adapted from a general college impact model. This model includes three sets of variables: students' background characteristics, four aspects of student-faculty interaction, and four categopies of outcomes. The four outcome categories were personal/social, intellectual, academic achievement, and satisfaction with education. Of the 2,830 entering fall 1975 freshmen at the University of Colorado who completed a freshman questionnaire, 480 were administered a graduating students' survey four years later. A number of items on the instruments were combined into scales that would measure one expectation variable, four student-faculty interaction variables, and nine outcome variables. Factor analysis was used. The results provided support for the importance of the impact of student-facutly interaction. Interaction that was characterized as friendly had the greater impact on these student outcomes, and the frequency of friendly student-faculty interaction had a positive effect on overall satisfaction with the college experience. The outcomes that were most affected were the intellectual outcomes, as opposed to personal/social outcomes. Liberal arts students had greater frequencies of friendly interaction with faculty than professional program students; and professional program students had greater frequencies of formal interaction with faculty than liberal arts students. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; University of Colorado
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).