ERIC Number: ED047630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
The Validity of Student-Run Course Evaluations.
Purohit, Anal; Magoon, A. Jon
After a review of the literature of evaluations by students of instructors and courses, this paper discusses 3 different evaluation questionnaires given in successive years (1968 through 1970) at the University of Delaware. Each of these forms represented an attempt to make the ratings less susceptible to the "halo effect," which was defined as the "marked tendency to think of the person in general as rather good or rather inferior and to color the judgments of qualities by this general feeling." The results of these forms were factor analyzed and the findings indicated that only 4 factors were in these course evaluations. The major factor was characterized as "instructor impact" and was interpreted as having a large "halo effect." The other factors were characterized as dimensions of instructional procedures, course work load, and quality of instructional materials. Several suggestions are offered on how to improve the validity of the evaluation instruments. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Delaware Univ., Newark.