ERIC Number: ED216636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Viewpoint: To Each His Own (A Parallel-Perceptions Inquiry).
Blai, Boris, Jr.
Views of students and teachers regarding the characteristics of the "better" teacher were assessed, based on results from a parallel-perceptions survey conducted with students in three diverse institutions. Approximately 838 students enrolled in the 1970s at Harcum Junior College, Illinois State University, and Denison University responded to a 14-item, force-choice questionnaire. At least three-quarters of the students considered the following to be the desired combination of characteristics of the better teacher: a student-oriented teacher, one who leaves class attendance optional, one who allows student participation in classroom discussion, one who allows student direction rather than rigidly following a syllabus, and one who offers most of his time to students. For 28 Harcum Junior College faculty, the following preferences: being student-oriented and offering most of teacher's time to students. Seventy-five percent of the faculty selected the following additional characteristics among their top-ranked preferences: in reorganizing courses, professors should revise them in accordance with professionals' opinions (80 percent); professor is a better teacher if he requires class attendance (75 percent); professor is a better teacher if he maintains a purely academic relationship with students (75 percent); and professor is a better teacher if involved primarily in his own field rather than in campus activities (85 percent). The questionnaire items and the percentage of responses for each item are presented. In addition, a rank ordering of student and faculty preferences is included. (SW)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Helping Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Denison University OH; Harcum Junior College PA; Illinois State University