ERIC Number: ED190652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Student Ratings of College Instruction: Some Low Inference Variables.
Stevens, Robert J.; Rosenshine, Barak V.
To provide diagnostic feedback for college faculty, a faculty evaluation rating scale was developed and used by college students. The instrument consisted of 2 global items--rate the instructor, rate the course; 5 questions on general teaching characteristic--presentation, enthusiasm, discussion, organization, and personal attention; and 42 low inference items. The latter were specific, operational descriptions of teaching techniques. The five general characteristics correlated .30 or higher with the "rate the instructor" item; they frequently correlated at that level with the "rate the course" item. The low-inference items having the highest correlationi with the general characteristics are listed. The highly significant, partial correlations found between enthusiasm-discussion and presentation-organization suggest that there are not five but only two unique general characteristics; furthermore, both paris of characteristics have some low-inference behaviors in common. Rating forms need consist only of overall evaluation questions, for administrative purposes, and one question for each of two or three general characteristics. From the results of the general characteristics ratings, the instructor receives a list of correlated specific items as feedback. (CP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).