ERIC Number: ED128396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Student Ratings: What Is the Frame of Reference?
Lolli, Anthony, Jr.; Owen, Steven V.
Two issues in the controversy over the use, interpretation, validity, and relevance of student ratings are explored here: the definition of preferred teacher behavior in terms of the rating instrument used, and the relationship between the student's expected grade, grade point average, and the ratings recorded. The objectives of the present research were threefold: (1) to develop a short rating scale and associated diagnostic checklist; (2) to examine the construct validity and reliability of the scale; and (3) to assess the relationships between selected student demographic data and ratings on the scale. After a pilot test, there appeared to be little advantage to using an observed/preferred behavior format, so that format was discontinued in further revision of the scale. A repeated measures analysis of variance indicated that discrepant groups, i.e., those whose actual grade was two or more letter grades away from his/her expected grade, should be omitted from computations to increase the validity of student ratings. Further research was suggested to determine whether demographic variables interact with group discrepancy to influence evaluations of teacher behaviors. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Check Lists, College Faculty, College Students, Demography, Evaluation Criteria, Expectation, Grade Point Average, Grade Prediction, Higher Education, Multiple Regression Analysis, Rating Scales, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Effectiveness, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Bureau of Educational Research and Service.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (San Francisco, California, April 1976)