ERIC Number: ED407390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Student Evaluation of University Teaching: Structure and Relationship with Student Characteristics.
Nasser, Fadia; Glassman, David
This paper reports on a study of the relationship between students' characteristics and students' ratings of faculty teaching, using the Faculty Course Evaluation Form (FCEF) at a major southeastern university. In particular, the study investigated: (1) how students rate faculty members on an item-by-item basis (item functioning); (2) what the structure of the FCEF is (test of dimensionality); (3) how students with different characteristics rate faculty members on each of the factors; and (4) which of these factors are potentially problematic in the sense that faculty are rated consistently low on certain factors as opposed to other factors. The FCEF was administered to 3,448 graduate and 2,804 undergraduate students enrolled in 529 classes taught by 260 instructors. The results indicated that among student characteristics, only reasons for taking the course and prior interest in the subject were clearly related to students' ratings at both item and factor levels. Exploratory factor analysis indicated that the FCEF consisted of three major factors and one minor factor. Confirmatory factor analysis showed that the goodness-of-fit of the four factor structure to the data was unsatisfactory. (Contains 33 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).