2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Relation of Course, Instructor, and Student Characteristics to Dimensions of Teaching Effectiveness
Brenna A. Silvey
Dr. Teresa Heckert, Faculty Mentor

This research investigated the relation of course, instructor, and student characteristics to student ratings of teaching effectiveness, both overall and within the dimensions of pedagogical skill, rapport with students, difficulty, and course value. Interest in the course content, expected grades, satisfaction with the time of day, and instructor gender were significantly related to all dimensions of teaching performance. Year in school and reason for taking a course were related to value ratings, and student gender and year in school were related to rapport ratings. Relations of background characteristics to teaching effectiveness varied somewhat by dimension. Background characteristics were related most strongly to course value ratings and the overall evaluation and least strongly to the pedagogical skill ratings.

Keywords: course evaluations, student bias, course value, student, teaching

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 26-1
Location: VH 1000
Time: 9:45

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