ERIC Number: ED162680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Person-Environment Instrumentation for Student Ratings of College Teaching.
Vandervert, Larry R.
Two easily administered and scored research instruments for the study of person-environment congruency theory in the college classroom are presented. The need for such a theory-integrated approach is seen in recent research that indicates that the "common sense" approach to teacher evaluation, i.e. simply asking students, teachers, and administrators what teacher/teaching characteristics are necessary for good instruction, may be in error. The person-environment congruency model proposes that an individual's satisfaction is a function of the congruency between his needs and "press" characteristics of the environment. This model has been applied in the area of worker need satisfaction. Fifty-four male and female community college students enrolled in a general psychology course completed a 21-item student needs assessment questionnaire during the fifth week of an eleven-week spring quarter term. One week later students completed a 21-item environmental reinforcers description questionnaire. Thus, a teacher examining the various scales, can determine where he may wish to alter the environment over which he exerts control or discuss with the students their needs for further understanding. The scales are outlined and a bibliography is included in the document. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Improving University Teaching (4th, Aachen, Germany, Summer 1978). For related document, see ED 093 394