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ERIC Number: ED192854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-10
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Interactions between Four Instructor Status Conditions and Instructor Knowledge of, and Deviation from, Departmental Norms, on Changes in Student Ratings of Instruction at a Large, Urban Community College.
Eagle, Norman
A study was conducted at the Bronx Community College to: (1) test the hypothesis that instructors' knowledge of their ratings by students and of their relative standing among their colleagues in terms of these ratings is sufficient to produce a significant change in ratings over time; and (2) correlate the effects of instructor age, sex, tenure status, and rank, as well as knowledge of relative standing, on changes in student ratings over time. Data collected on a 13-item student evaluation of instruction form were analyzed for ten departments for Spring 1973, Fall 1973, and Fall 1975. Instructors in five departments were advised of their mean ratings for all of the sections they taught on each of the items on the rating scale and were informed of the mean ratings on each item for their respective departments. Instructors in the remaining five departments were given their own ratings and not the departmental means. Step-wise regression analyses were used to determine the relationships between the change in Spring 1973, Fall 1973, and Fall 1975 ratings and the five independent variables (sex, age, rank, tenure, and knowledge of relative standing). Findings indicate that none of the independent variables significantly accounted for variance in ratings after one semester or after the two-year period. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 10, 1980)