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ERIC Number: EJ1112550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0655
No Second Chance to Make a First Impression: The "Thin-Slice" Effect on Instructor Ratings and Learning Outcomes in Higher Education
Samudra, Preeti G.; Min, Inah; Cortina, Kai S.; Miller, Kevin F.
Journal of Educational Measurement, v53 n3 p313-331 Fall 2016
Prior research has found strong and persistent effects of instructor first impressions on student evaluations. Because these studies look at real classroom lessons, this finding fits two different interpretations: (1) first impressions may color student experience of instruction regardless of lesson quality, or (2) first impressions may provide valid evidence for instructional quality. By using scripted lessons, we experimentally investigated how first impression and instruction quality related to learning and evaluation of instruction among college students. Results from two studies indicate that quality of instruction is the strongest determinant of student factual and conceptual learning, but that both instructional quality and first impressions affect evaluations of the instructor. First impressions matter, but our findings suggest that lesson quality matters more.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED); National Center for Education Research (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A100178