ERIC Number: ED296664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Course Evaluations: Are Students' Ratings Dictated by First Impressions?
Hewett, Laura; And Others
The relationship between students' first impressions of a course (formed on the basis of their initial exam scores) and end-of-term teacher evaluation ratings was studied. University students enrolled in freshman, sophomore, and junior level courses took all tests and completed the instructor evaluation form the week before the fourth quarterly exam. Three 60-question four-alternative multiple choice tests covering the textbook, lecture material, and films were administered before the evaluation in each course. It was found that students tend to evaluate instructors near the end of the course according to their performance on the first examination. The relationship between exam scores and evaluation ratings weakens with successive exams and is weakest with the exam administered just prior to evaluation time. (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 (Snowbird, VT, April 30, 1988).