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ERIC Number: ED414776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 23
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Assessing Teaching Effectiveness in a Liberal Arts College: The Student Perspective.
Hale, Charles D.; Herreid, Charlene; Waugh, Gordon
This paper describes the development of a student rating of teaching effectiveness (SRTE) instrument by Saint Leo College (Florida). The instrument was based on Cashin's (1989) seven dimensional model of college teaching: subject matter mastery, curriculum development, course design, delivery of instruction, assessment of student learning, availability to students, and administrative requirements. A 22-item index, based on the student-perspective dimension of Cashin's model, was developed; it included 3 global items, 5 general concept items on course design, and 14 general concept items over several aspects of instruction. In the fall of 1993 the index was administered to 146 classes under standard conditions. Factors analysis of the 19 nonglobal items indicated relatively high correlations between all variables. The high correlations presented a problem for the SRTE instrument, in that it is most unlikely that teaching is a unidimensional construct. Thus, an alternative explanation offered is that a strong "halo" effect is operating and student differentiation among the dimensions is obscured. An appendix provides instructional dimensions, student-perspective dimensional attributes, a copy of the SRTE index, and recommendations for using student ratings of teaching. (Contains 40 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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