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ERIC Number: ED150510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Bogus Evidence for the Validity of Student Ratings.
Leventhal, Les; And Others
Researchers often claim validity for student ratings after finding a positive ratings/achievement correlation. This allegedly shows that ratings identify teachers who promote learning. But if students are not randomly assigned to classes, or if the correlation is not computed across classmeans, the correlation may result instead from a student characteristic that: (1) varies across classes, (2) correlates with ratings, and (3) correlates with achievement. We asked undergraduates (N=405) in a multi-section course about importance of teaching ability or reputation to their section selection. We found importance of ability/reputation (1) varied across sections, (2) correlated with end-of-course ratings of teachers, and (3) correlated with college GPA and course grade. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977)