ERIC Number: ED264632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Relationship between Instructor Degree Status and Student Grades in Basic Speech: A Research Report.
Williamson, L. Keith; Pier, Judith
A survey was conducted to examine the relationship between instructor degree status (regular faculty versus graduate teaching assistants) and students' final course grades in basic public speaking courses. Analysis of data obtained from speech communication departmental records at Wichita State University revealed that during the six semester period (fall 1981 through spring 1984) 2,341 students were enrolled in 81 sections of basic public speaking taught by 24 instructors (7 regular faculty and 17 graduate teaching assistants). Results showed that graduate teaching assistants gave more B and incomplete grades while faculty gave more C and D grades. No significant differences were found for the overall grade point averages or for assignment of A, F, Audit, Withdraw, and Pass grades. These results indicated that teaching assistants may be more inclined to give students the benefit of the doubt due to lack of experience, lower standards, or more sympathy for students. The most frequent grade assigned by all instructors was a B although the C is defined by most grading systems as average. Such frequency suggests that the grading standards for a B are either too low or the application of the standards too lenient. The results suggest that basic course directors should analyze grade point averages and grade distribution patterns as well as work with teaching assistants to achieve desirable grading practices. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (71st, Denver, CO, November 7-10, 1985).