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ERIC Number: EJ849729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0316-1218
Student Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness: Student Engagement and Course Characteristics
Beran, Tanya; Violato, Claudio
Canadian Journal of Higher Education, v39 n1 p1-13 Mar 2009
Characteristics of university courses and student engagement were examined in relation to student ratings of instruction. The Universal Student Ratings of Instruction instrument was administered to students at the end of every course at a major Canadian university over a three-year period. Using a two-step analytic procedure, a latent variable path model was created. The model showed a moderate fit to the data (Comparative Fit Index = 0.88), converged in 10 iterations, with a standardized residual mean error of .03, X[superscript 2] (149) = 1988.59, p less than 0.05. The model indicated that course characteristics such as status and description are not directly related to student ratings. Rather, they are mediated by student engagement, which is measured by student attendance and expected grade. It was concluded that, although the model is statistically adequate, many other factors determine how students rate their instructors. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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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: Canada