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Construction of a Forced-Choice Rating Scale for Student Evaluation of Residence Hall Counselors.
Duncan, James P.
Student opinion, with reference to the residence hall counselor's performance, is studied. More specifically, a valid and reliable rating scale for use by students in evaluating their residence hall counselor was developed. In developing an instrument for this purpose, some of the weaknesses of the more common and popular type rating scales such as rater leniency, rater bias, and halo effect were avoided. The forced-choice technique was considered th e best technique in overcoming such weaknesses. (Data analysis showed that an instrument composed of items significantly different in their ability to discriminate between effective and ineffective residence hall counselors, yet prossessing comparable degrees of favorableness, could be constructed from student supplied descriptive behavior statements describing the performance and activities of residence hall counselors.) This instrument had a satisfactory split-half reliability of .74. There was no significant difference in the reliability for men and women. A reliable and valid instrument (forced-choice rating scale), through which student opinion of the residence hall counselor can be successfully measured, has been developed. (Author/PS)
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Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Detroit, Michigan, April 7-11, 1968.