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ERIC Number: EJ1208867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
What's Important: An Exploratory Analysis of Student Evaluations about Physics Professors on
Park, Mihwa
Journal of College Science Teaching, v48 n4 p36-44 Mar 2019
This study explored students' evaluations of their introductory physics professors posted on Data included 1,521 student written comments along with numerical ratings. Student-written comments were sorted into three groups based on their numerical ratings: good, average, and poor quality. Using a text-mining technique, categories representing themes from student comments were developed, and category frequencies were investigated to compare student comments across the three groups. A decision tree model was also used to see what categories were significantly attributed to the different groups. The results showed that students were sensitive to professors' classroom practices and a coherence between requirements and lectures. Also, professors' positive attitudes toward students were in play as an important attribute for more positive evaluations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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