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ERIC Number: EJ835214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
Multilevel Analysis of the Effects of Student and Course Characteristics on Satisfaction in Undergraduate Liberal Arts Courses
Baek, Sun-Geun; Shin, Hyo-Jeong
Asia Pacific Education Review, v9 n4 p475-486 2008
The purpose of this study is to analyze the effects of student and course characteristics on student satisfaction in courses by using a two-level hierarchical linear model (HLM). Based on literature reviews, 13 research variables ((1) student gender, (2) student academic year, (3) student major, (4) student reason for taking the course, (5) student level of course participation, (6) student expected grade, (7) student achieved grade, (8) faculty gender, (9) faculty age, (10) faculty status, (11) academic field of the course, (12) class size, and (13) course type) were selected and specified as fixed effects in the analysis model. Data were 57,216 ratings of 1,481 undergraduate liberal arts courses at Seoul National University in 2006. The result of unconditional model analysis revealed that student characteristics' effects on student satisfaction in courses (within-course effects, 88.1%) were much larger than course characteristics' effects (between-courses effects, 11.9%). The result of conditional model analysis specifying student and course level predictors revealed that those 12 research variables, with the exception of student gender, had statistically significant effects on student satisfaction in courses. The explained variance was 22.0% in student level, 65.8% in course level, and 27.2% of the total variance. (Contains 7 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea