ERIC Number: ED297673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-24
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Does a Professor's Reputation Affect Course Selection?
Hoag, John H.; And Others
To examine whether a professor's reputation affects course selection, a survey was conducted of about 280 students in a junior level marketing class required of all business students at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). The questionnaire listed 25 economics professors and asked what the students had heard about the professors in five dimensions: hard to get an A or B from; easy to get a D or F from; requires hard work; intimidates students in class; and seems to care about students. Students were also asked which professor they would like to have, which they would least like to have, and which they would select assuming they wanted to work hard and learn a lot. Finally, they were asked which professor they had for which class, and whether they would recommend him/her to a friend. Results included the following: (1) the reputation of some professors is not the same for all students; (2) one-fourth of the professors are expected to be easier by students who choose them; (3) most students do not express an opinion about the professor they would choose; and (4) most students who had not had a given professor had as much information about that professor as students who had taken a course with him/her. The questionnaire is appended. 8 references. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Missouri Valley Economics Association Convention (St. Louis, MO, March 24, 1988).