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ERIC Number: ED482517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Students' Perceptions of Characteristics of Effective College Teachers.
Witcher, Ann E.; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Collins, Kathleen M. T.; Filer, Janet D.; Wiedmaier, Cheryl D.; Moore, Chris
Virtually all college teachers are required or expected to administer to their students some type of course evaluation instrument at one or more points during each course. These evaluation measures are based on what faculty and administrators consider to be characteristics of effective college teaching, with little or no input from students. Although recent research has documented what college students think are attributes of effective primary and secondary teachers, scant information exists about what students perceive to be characteristics of effective college teachers. Thus, this qualitative study used a multistage concurrent mixed-methodological analysis to examine students perceptions of the characteristics of effective college teachers as a function of several demographic variables (e.g., students gender, age, year of study, major). Participants were 912 undergraduate and graduate students from various academic majors enrolled at a university in a mid-southern state. In order of endorsement level, a phenomenological analysis revealed the following nine characteristics that students considered to reflect effective college teaching: (1) student-centered (58.88%); (2) knowledgeable about subject matter (44.08%); (3) professional (40.79%); (4) enthusiastic about teaching (29.82%); (5) effective at communication (23.46%); (6) accessible (23.25%); (7) competent at instruction (21.82%); (8) fair and respectful (21.60%); and (9) provider of adequate performance feedback (5.04%). These themes were related to a variety of demographic variables. (Contains 1 figure, 5 tables, and 58 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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