ERIC Number: ED320954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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The Design of a College Course Ratings Form by a Psychology "Test & Measurements" Class.
Shwalb, Barbara J.; Shwalb, David W.
Thirty psychology majors in a Tests and Measurement class, and 49 of 65 faculty members of a liberal arts arts college developed a college-wide course ratings questionnaire. The psychology students, in class exercises and homework assignments, collected data over a 6-month period from peers (n=153) and faculty at every stage of the design process. Free responses generated 654 rating items, and students sorted these into 22 theory-based categories. Several waves of systematic student and faculty screening reduced the item pool to 22 items. A 15-item questionnaire was finalized through factor analysis of student responses, and its validity and reliability were assessed before approval of the new form by the general faculty and administration. The Tests and Measurement class discussions centered on technical and conceptual issues pertinent to each phase of the research. The successful development and general acceptance of the new form were credited to student and faculty ownership in the design process. Two tables present study data. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).