ERIC Number: ED117180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Covert Confounding in Student Evaluation of Instructional Ability.
Tubb, Gary W.; Stenning, Walter F.
The primary purpose of this research is to determine if there exists covert confounding in student perceptionnaires which significantly affect instructors ratings. Eight calculus classes were randomly selected. Each student completed a Texas A & M University (TAMU) student perceptionnaire the first day of class, envisioning having completed the course with it meeting the highest ideals of expectation. Using the same form, each student evaluated his instructor at the end of the semester. Significant differences (.01 level), between class means existed in the students' ideal perception, as well as in the students' evaluative perceptionnaire. The results indicate that research using student perceptionnaires as an independent variable should provide for preconceived expectations of students. The perceptionnaire is included in the appendix. (Author/DEP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Washington, D.C., March 31-April 2, 1975)