ERIC Number: ED347879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-17
A Comparison of Students' Perceptions of an Ideal Professor.
Gadzella, Bernadette M.; And Others
A study was done of college students' current perceptions of the most and least important characteristics of an ideal professor. These perceptions were compared with findings from earlier studies, and differences among student groups (based on gender, college status, grade point average (GPA), and majors) were compared. The study surveyed 356 students enrolled in psychology and special education classes of whom 119 were men and 237 were women. The survey instrument was a questionnaire of proven reliability that used a Likert-type scale to rate characteristics. Findings of the study indicated that there were a number of agreements as to the characteristics of an ideal professor among students over the past 25 years: students feel that the professor should know and be interested in the subject matter, should serve the needs of the students, present materials so that students can understand it, and have definite standards in grading students' tests and assignments. Differences were found among the student groups with freshmen viewing the ideal professor as a researcher and other groups seeing the ideal as one who is concerned primarily with students. Included are 7 tables and 14 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (Austin, TX, April 17, 1992).