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ERIC Number: ED067092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 30
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A Reassessment of College Students' Instructional Expectations and Evaluations.
Calista, Donald J.
This paper explores two aspects of student evaluations of college teaching: (1) a reformulation of end-of-term ratings, by defining them in relation to initial student expectations; and (2) it presents a research design which studies this reformulation in the natural setting of the classroom. An expectations instrument, using semantic differential scales, was administered at the beginning and end of a semester to 209 social science students at three colleges. Some findings were: (1) there were statistically significant differences between expectations and evaluations, even for those classes where the actual evaluations were quite high; (2) freshmen and sophomores at all three colleges exhibited similar expectations; (3) sophomores, rather than freshmen, consistently revealed higher evaluations; and (4) compared with sophomores, freshmen expectations appeared more in keeping with their evaluations. It was concluded that an end-of-course rating can be a generally reliable indicator of student reaction, but an accurate appraisal of the dynamics of the teaching-learning situation requires input of teacher and student expectations. (RN)
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