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ERIC Number: ED426962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 8
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Students' Perceptions of Characteristics of Effective Teachers.
Young, Barbara N.; Whitley, Marilyn E.; Helton, Carol
This study examined the characteristics of effective teachers as they were perceived by students at different educational levels and maturity, investigating whether the perceived characteristics changed with maturity level. A group of 108 high school students, 109 college freshmen in developmental studies, and 104 college seniors in education classes participated. The high school students and college freshmen were predominantly African American, and the college seniors were predominantly white. Students completed a survey that was anonymous but asked for age, gender, race, and grade level. The survey asked questions about the characteristics, methodology, and effectiveness of their teachers in general. Students had to rate teacher characteristics, methodology, and effectiveness on a scale of very important to not important. Some of the topics included number of outside assignments, number of tests taken, difficulty of tests, class discussions, volume/clarity of teacher's voice, humor in the classroom, calling on students, enthusiasm of instructor, teacher knowledge, use of visual aids, working with other students in groups, and friendliness. Researchers tallied the responses of each and made comparisons between the groups. The paper presents a comparison of the responses of the groups. The teacher survey is appended. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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