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ERIC Number: ED442847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 33
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Student Ratings: What Are Teacher College Students Telling Us about Them?
Chang, Te-Sheng
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of course, class, student, and instructor characteristics on student ratings of instruction. The sample included 437 undergraduate courses with 96 (21.2%) freshman courses, 140 (32.0%) sophomore courses, 119 (27.2%) junior courses, and 82 (18.8%) senior courses at National Hualien Teachers College, Taiwan, in the fall semester of the 1996-1997 academic year. The Student Ratings of Instruction form was used to measure student ratings of faculty performance. The results indicate that student enthusiasm, expected grade, and teacher grading standard are positively correlated with all five evaluation scores. Course difficulty is negatively corrected with all evaluation scores. The high semi-partial correlation coefficients consistently appear in course difficulty, student enthusiasm, and grading standard with all five evaluation scores. None of these 75 correlation coefficients show substantial nonlinearity. The percentages of variance explained by different combinations of background variables are 49.8%, 61.6%, 71.0%, 61.3%, and 66.8% for preparation, coverage, skills, assessment, and overall, respectively. Four of the background variables consistently appearing in the final regression equations are student enthusiasm, course difficulty, grading standard, and expected grade. (Contains 9 tables and 38 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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