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Summary of Research on the Relationship Between Student Characteristics and Student Evaluation of Instruction at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Technical Report No. 1. 1-72.
Pohlmann, John T.
This study determines the nature and degree of relationship that exists between certain student characteristics and student ratings of instruction. The student evaluations that were used as criteria were obtained from the Instructional Improvement Questionnaire (IIQ) developed at Southern Illinois University. The majority of predictors (student characteristics) were found to be independent of student evaluations of instruction. Since only nine percent of the variation in ratings of the instructor was accounted for by student characteristics studied, 91 percent of the variation is due to other sources. The rating of Course Difficulty was the most predictable scale examined, with 19 percent of its variation being accounted for by the student characteristics indices. Due to the extremely powerful statistical tests used in the regression analyses, only those characteristics significant beyond the .001 level of confidence were interpreted. The data suggests that the student characteristic which was most directly related to evaluations of instruction was the grade the student expected to receive in the course. For the Instructor Evaluation and Course Evaluation Scales, the general rating of courses and instruction at Southern Illinois University was also found to be predictive. The percent of readings completed by the student was similarly found to be predictive of student rating of course difficulty. (RC)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Course Evaluation, Factor Analysis, Higher Education, Predictor Variables, Questionnaires, Rating Scales, Statistical Analysis, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale. Counseling and Testing Center.