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ERIC Number: ED131890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Factors that Community College Students Look for in Instructors--A Study of Criteria Used in Teacher Selection.
Lees, Virginia G.
A study was conducted to determine the factors that students at Pensacola Junior College (Florida) look for in instructors as they attempt to choose "good" teachers in the process of registration for classes. Data for the study were obtained through the administration of an open-ended questionnaire to 345 students enrolled in day-time credit courses. A total of 1,894 factors were identified by those surveyed. These factors were subsequently collapsed into more general categories and subcategories for purposes of manageable analysis. The three most frequently identified important factors in choosing a good instructor were: (1) teacher is willing to help students; (2) what other students say about the teacher; and (3) teacher explains clearly so students can understand. Least frequently identified as important factors were: (1) size of class; (2) race of teacher; (3) teacher's rank; (4) geographic background of teacher; and (5) the location of the class. A profile of desirable instructor characteristics was constructed and is appended, as are an extensive bibliography, the survey instrument, and survey data in tabular form. (Author/JDS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Nova University