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ERIC Number: ED265200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
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Evaluating College Courses: A Causal Analysis of Factors Linking Instructors' Activities and Students' Evaluations.
Suchner, Robert W.
This paper is limited in scope to the preliminary questions that must be asked about a single instrument before one can use students' impressions of their teachers as part of any diagnostic or evaluation process. The described analysis is intended as illustrative of the kinds of questions that should be obtained to demonstrate the reliability and validity of students' evaluations and to justify using their evaluations of instruction as a basis for any decisions. The characteristics of an instrument developed by the Department of Sociology at Northern Illinois University to measure the relative teaching effectiveness of faculty in the department are examined. The questionnaire consists of 36 questions. Summary measures are included for students to give their overall evaluations of both the instructor and the course. Students are encouraged to write comments on the course. The construct validity of the instrument and factors that influence the students' summary evaluations are determined. The use of the questionnaire as a diagnostic instrument in providing information concerning how individual instructors might improve their teaching effectiveness and in making comparisons among the faculty for administrative decisions regarding salary, increments, tenure, promotions and retention is discussed. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A