ERIC Number: ED076639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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A Comparison of Two Approaches in Factor Studies of Student Ratings of Courses and Instructors.
Carver, Donald W.; Liberty, Paul G.
Results of two factor analyses of 3,722 student ratings of engineering courses and instructors, obtained by using alternative step factoring criteria, were compared on the basis of six criteria. Results indicated that the ten factor solution obtained by using a step criterion of accounting for 70-75% of the total variance as opposed to a five factor solution containing only factors having an eigenvalue greater than 1.0 accounted for a higher percentage of the total variance, clarified factor structure, provided more useful information for administrative decision-making, and supported the view that a 1.0 eigenvalue step criterion is unnecessarily restrictive in certain situations. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25-March 1, 1973)