ERIC Number: ED109235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Certain Course Characteristics to Student Ratings of Science and Mathematics Teaching at Four-Year and Two-Year Colleges.
Villano, Maurice W.
The effect of class size, course level, instructor rank, campus, and subject area on 14,366 student ratings of 488 science and mathematics classes at a main university and 18 branch campuses was investigated. Class means were factor-analyzed and four resultant components of teaching performance were submitted to a 2x2x2x2x3 MANOVA. Discriminant functions of significant main effects and interactions did not sustain popular faculty notions ascribing the highest student evaluations to so-called favorable characteristics. Recommendations were made for controlling bias through norming, revision of the rating instrument, and future areas of study. The research instrument used in this investigation was a local adaption of the Student Appraisal of Teaching and is included in the appendix. (Author/RC)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Class Size, College Students, Colleges, Course Evaluation, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Participant Satisfaction, Predictor Variables, Rating Scales, Science Instruction, Statistical Analysis, Student Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Evaluation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)