ERIC Number: ED223135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-4
Reference Count: 0
Teacher and Course Evaluations That Really Discriminate.
Williams, Benne D.
A modified rank order procedure was developed and tested to increase the sensitivity of student evaluation instruments. Students in 14 psychology classes at Weber State College were asked to think of all the courses they have taken at the college level and to determine which one was the best and which course or instructor was the worst. These courses were criteria against which the present course was evaluated. Students were asked to rank the course or instructor being evaluated on a seven-point scale, the Endeavor Rating Scale. Students were randomly divided into two groups in each class to compare the traditional evaluation instrument used at the college and other institutions and the rank comparison scale. Findings suggest that the rank comparison scale method was more sensitive to differences between instructors than was the traditional seven-point rating scale. The procedure did not appear to detract from the validity of the instrument when measured against supervisory ratings and the nominations made in the instrument for best and worst instructor/course. The rank comparison scale procedure can be used with any number of items from an item pool selected either by the faculty, students, or school administrators. Recommendations include the following: the item pool to be used with the rank comparison method should be carefully selected in order to measure precisely the elements of the instructional procedure and/or instructor characteristics that are relevant to a specific course/instructor; and all of the items should carry operational definitions of the characteristics being measured. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (April 28-May 1, 1982).