ERIC Number: ED340425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Reliability and Validity Issues: An Analysis of Miami-Dade's Pilot Student Feedback Survey.
Belcher, Marcia J.
In 1991, a study was conducted of Miami-Dade Community College students' classroom experiences. The process involved randomly selecting one section for each full-time faculty member and administering the surveys prior to the final course withdrawal date. Surveys were returned from 640 sections (84% of those initially selected), and responses were received from 12,729 students. After tabulation, the results were analyzed to determine the reliability and validity of the initial survey instrument. Findings included the following: (1) at least 95% of the students thought their instructors were prepared for class, showed an interest in and knowledge of the subject, and treated them with respect; (2) 62% of the respondents felt that their instructors provided regular information about student progress; (3) 69% of the students thought their performance was either "good" or "excellent"; (4) 75% of the students were working at least part-time, and 30% had family commitments that interfered with school; (5) instructors who were generally rated highly in all areas were most likely to be described as creating a classroom atmosphere that encouraged learning, being concerned with students' progress, and making the course interesting; (6) students who rated their performance as "good" or "excellent" gave higher ratings to their instructors than students who did not feel they were doing as well in class; and (7) instructors and assistant professors obtained higher scores than faculty at other ranks. Changes in ratings were analyzed in terms of students' perceptions of their academic performance, perceived course difficulty, class size, reasons for taking the course, time of day of course, instructor rank, and subject matter. The reliability for the survey was found to be very high. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.