ERIC Number: ED120235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Effect of Teacher, Students, and Class Characteristics on the Evaluation of College Instructors.
Elmore, Patricia B.; Pohlmann, John T.
This study was conducted to determine if student evaluations of faculty are affected by the characteristics of the teacher, the student, and the class. Each instructor was asked to answer questions indicating personal warmth, professorial rank, years of teaching experience, sex, and class size. Students were asked to complete the Instructional Improvement Questionnaire (IIQ). The twenty questions on the IIQ that directly evaluate instructor performance were analyzed. Only the results for the first set of canonical functions are presented. An instructor who received high scores on this canonical function would be rated as encouraging student participation in the course, showing an interest in students, knowing when students understood her/him, available to students, increasing appreciation for the course, and accepting criticism and suggestions. The classes that received high values on this function were small in size, were taught by instructors who rated themselves as warm, and had students that expected high grades. (Author)
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 (60th, San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)