ERIC Number: ED210073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Student Evaluations of Their Best and Worst College Experience.
Rasor, Richard A.; And Others
A study was conducted at American River College to design a teacher evaluation instrument that would focus on students by asking them to describe what happens to them in the classroom and would restrict students' evaluations of their instructor to observable behavior. Over 300 potential questionnaire items were generated from a review of the literature, from other teacher evaluation forms, and from the responses of over 150 students who were asked to identify three characteristics of their best and worst teachers. From this item pool, 44 items were selected based on the following criteria: (1) the items could be reworded to describe students' in-class learning, behaviors, and feelings; (2) the items were appropriate for a frequency of occurence or yes/no response scale; and (3) the items avoided inferring instructor traits. A total of 213 students were asked to complete evaluations of their best and worst teachers by stating, for example, the frequency that they felt they were "able to take meaningful notes in class" or their degree of agreement with statements such as "I don't see how this subject is important to my life." Correlation and multiple regression analyses were conducted to determine the relationship between each questionnaire item and the "best" and "worst" conditions. On the basis of these analyses 22 questionnaire items were recommended as reliable for teacher evaluation forms. The study report reviews arguments concerning teacher evaluations, presents statistical findings, and includes the recommended instrument. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American River Junior Coll., Sacramento, CA.