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ERIC Number: ED187176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Relative Influence of Course Level, Course Type, and Instructor on Students' Evaluation of Instruction.
Overall, J. U.; Marsh, Herbert W.
The relative contribution of course level (undergraduate versus graduate), course type (accounting, economics, management theory, etc.) and the specific instructor on students' evaluation of instruction was investigated. College students (N=1374) evaluated teaching effectiveness both at the end of each course (N=100) and again one year after graduation. Mean end-of-term ratings were similar to those collected after graduation, and the two sets of ratings were highly correlated. The variance attributable to the specific instructor was much larger than that due either to course level or course type for both end-of-term and followup ratings, and the effects were stable. These findings are claimed to show that the particular course one teaches or the level at which it is taught is relatively less important in determining the outcome of student ratings than who teaches it. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Educational Research, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Predictor Variables, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 1980)