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ERIC Number: EJ847461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0196-5042
The Underlying Student Reasons for Rating SET Questionnaire Items: How Student Solve the Problem of Filling Out Questionnaires
Kalayci, Nurdan
Educational Research Quarterly, v32 n4 p36-60 Jun 2009
In order to enhance the quality of teaching in higher education establishments, as "stakeholders" of the institution, the opinions of students related to the teaching they receive are given precedence. This is achieved by using mandatory SET questionnaires on a routine basis in colleges and universities throughout the world. This study reports the findings of the SET questionnaires which were completed by 138 junior students from the Education Faculty at Gazi University (Turkey). In order to find answers to the research questions: 1) "To what extent do the students' perceptions vary for a specific item?" 2) "What is the relationship between reasons and ratings given by students for a specific item?", the qualitative data has been analyzed to determine the reasons given by the students for their ratings of closed-end items, the relationships between these reasons, and the students' own perceptions of their initial interpretations of the questions put to them. One of the most important results is that students' perceptions change even for the so called "clear-cut" questions. This shows that the item rating task, which is an ill structured problem solving process in nature, is highly affected by the personal differences. (Contains 1 footnote and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey