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ERIC Number: ED126140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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The Relationship Between Students' Evaluation of Instruction and Expected Grades.
Marsh, Herbert W.; And Others
The relationship between grades that students expected to receive and their evaluations of instructional quality was investigated. Correlations between expected grades and 10 evaluation scores--eight evaluation factors and two overall summary items--were based on the average responses in 591 undergraduate classes offered one term at the University of California, Los Angeles. Average responses to the overall instructor and overall course items, items most often used to obtain a summary impression, showed statistically significant correlations with average expected grades even though factors most closely associated with teaching (Instructor Enthusiasm, Breadth of Coverage, Interaction, and Organization) showed much smaller relationships with expected grades. This suggests that the overall summary items are probably more subject to response biases than factor scores that are weighted averages of responses to more specific items. The magnitude of correlation between expected grades and evaluations reported in this study is similar to that reported in other studies, but is higher than is generally reported in literature reviews advocating the use of students' evaluations. It was concluded that even if grading leniency does produce a bias in students' evaluations--and this is only one possible explanation--the biases are relatively small and will not cause a poor instructor to be evaluated highly or a superior instructor to be evaluated poorly. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)