ERIC Number: ED023365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
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Survey on Criteria of Teaching Effectiveness at New Mexico State University.
Hussain, K.M.; Leestamper, Robert
In a questionnaire survey designed at the University of Toledo to determine the ranking of criteria of effective teaching, faculty, students and alumni at New Mexico State University agreed that "being well prepared for class" was the most important criterion. This ranking was upheld by 10 subgroups of faculty (faculty by years of service, teaching or administrative, and faculty by colleges), except for the College of Education which ranked "motivating students to do their best" as the most important criterion. The 3 groups all gave low rankings to research-related criteria and criteria concerned with off-campus community relations. The criterion of "making appearances which assist programs of community organization" was ranked as LEAST important. When criteria used in the faculty merit rating was compared to criteria used in the questionnaire, it was found that 4 criteria ranked in the top 10 in the survey do not appear in the Merit Rating Form, whereas 4 listed in the bottom 10 of the survey do, suggesting that the Form should be redesigned. The same pattern of discrepancy and implied need for change was evident when the questionnaire was compared with the University's most widely used student evaluation form. Patterns of rankings suggest that teaching faculty are being evaluated according to a different scale by administrative faculty. Rankings by subgroups of faculty, student and alumni indicate interesting divergencies. In identifying attitudes concerning teacher effectiveness, this study should provide a basis for discussion by administrators and faculty on how to devise more equitable and satisfact"ry evaluation procedures. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces.