ERIC Number: ED302770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-14
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Rating Variable Performance.
Steiner, Dirk D.; Rain, Jeffrey S.
Many empirical studies have examined factors that influence ratings of performance. This study examined the rating variable performance of a single individual. Serial position of a single poor or good performance in a series of otherwise good or poor performances was manipulated to examine its effects on both ratings and recommended actions toward the ratee. Undergraduate students (N=564) viewed four videotaped lectures either in one session or over 4 days. Behavioral Observation Scale (BOS) ratings of performance across the four lectures were unaffected by a single poor performance in a series of good performances. Overall ratings on a one-item scale showed greater effects. In the single session conditions, a recency effect resulted such that the overall rating was given in the direction of the most recent performance. In the 4-day sessions, a single good performance did not elevate ratings of poor base performance; but a single good performance may have made establishment of a schema difficult and lowered ratings of good base performance. Similar results were also obtained for recommendations to punish the instructor. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).