Advertisement

Research in Higher Education

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 255–269 | Cite as

The relation between nonclassroom contact with faculty and students' perceptions of instructional quality

  • Christos Theophilides
  • Patrick T. Terenzini
Article

Abstract

This study assessed the relationship between the frequency of college students' informal nonclassroom contact with faculty for each of six purposes and their generalized perceptions of instructional quality. Two factorially derived components of instructional quality (based on a 14-item instrument) were used as the dependent variables in two regressions on the six types of contact. The frequency of contacts for discussing intellectual or course-related matters and for discussing a campus issue or problem made statistically significant and unique contributions in predicting students' perceptions of instructor concern and ability.

Keywords

College Student Education Research Unique Contribution Generalize Perception Instructional Quality 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Anderson, G. J. Effects of classroom social climate on individual learning.American Educational Research Journal 1970,7 135–152.Google Scholar
  2. Armor, D. J. Theta reliability and factor scaling. In H. L. Costner (Ed.),Sociological methodology: 1973–74. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1974.Google Scholar
  3. Bendig, A. W. A factor analysis of student ratings of psychology instructors on the Purdue scale.Journal of Educational Psychology 1954,45 385–393.Google Scholar
  4. Centra, J. A.Determining faculty effectiveness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1979.Google Scholar
  5. Chickering, A.Education and identity. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1969.Google Scholar
  6. Cohen, S. & Berger, W. Dimensions of students' ratings of college instructors underlying subsequent achievement on course examinations.Proceedings of the 178th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association 1970,5 605–606.Google Scholar
  7. Costin, F., Greenough, W. & Menges, R. Student ratings of college teaching: Reliability, validity, and usefulness.Review of Educational Research 1971,41 511–533.Google Scholar
  8. Crawford, R. & Bradshaw, H. Perception of characteristics of effective university teachers: A scaling analysis,Educational and Psychological Measurement 1969,28 1079–1085.Google Scholar
  9. Feldman, K. A. Consistency and variability among college students in rating their teachers and courses: A review and analysis.Research in Higher Education 1977,6(3), 223–274.Google Scholar
  10. Feldman, K. A. Course characteristics and college students' ratings of their teachers: What we know and what we don't.Research in Higher Education 1978,9(3), 199–242.Google Scholar
  11. Feldman, K. A. The superior college teacher from the student's view.Research in Higher Education 1976,5(3), 243–288.Google Scholar
  12. Feldman, K. A. & Newcomb, T. M.The impact of college on students. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1969.Google Scholar
  13. Frey, P. W. A two-dimensional analysis of student ratings of instruction.Research in Higher Education 1978,9(1), 69–91.Google Scholar
  14. Hart, J. & Driver, J. Teacher evaluation as a function of student and instructor personality.Teaching of Psychology 1978,5 198–199.Google Scholar
  15. Holzemer, W.Student ratings of instructional effectiveness and their relationship to the college classroom environment. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Syracuse University, 1975.Google Scholar
  16. Isaacson, R., McKeachie, W. & Milholland, J. Correlation of teacher personality variables and student ratings.Journal of Educational Psychology 1963,54 110–117.Google Scholar
  17. Kulik, J. A. & Kulik, C. C. Student ratings of instruction.Teaching of Psychology 1974,1 51–57.Google Scholar
  18. Kulik, J. & McKeachie, W. The evaluation of teachers in higher education. In F. Kerlinger (Ed.),Review of research in education (Vol. 3). Itasca, Ill.: Peacock, 1975.Google Scholar
  19. McKeachie, W. Student ratings of faculty.AAUP Bulletin 1969,55 434–444.Google Scholar
  20. McKeachie, W. Student ratings of faculty: A reprise.Academe 1979,65 384–397.Google Scholar
  21. Miller, R. I.Evaluating faculty performance. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1972.Google Scholar
  22. Murray, H. G. Predicting student ratings of college teaching from peer ratings of personality types.Teaching of Psychology 1975,2 66–69.Google Scholar
  23. Palmer, J., Carlinger, G. & Romer, T. Leniency, learning, and evaluations.Journal of Educational Psychology 1978,70 855–863.Google Scholar
  24. Pascarella, E. T. & Terenzini, P. T. Informal interaction with faculty and freshman ratings of the academic and non-academic experience of college.Journal of Educational Research 1976,70 35–41.Google Scholar
  25. Pascarella, E. T. & Terenzini, P. T. Student-faculty informal relationships and freshman year educational outcomes.Journal of Educational Research 1978,71 183–189.Google Scholar
  26. Rayder, N. F. College student ratings of instructors.Journal of Experimental Education 1968,37 78–81.Google Scholar
  27. Rezler, A. The influence of needs upon the student's perception of his instructor.Journal of Educational Research 1965,58 282–286.Google Scholar
  28. Sherman, B. & Blackburn, R. Personal characteristics and teaching effectiveness on college faculty.Journal of Educational Psychology 1975,67 124–131.Google Scholar
  29. Sorey, K. A study of the distinguishing personality characteristics of college faculty who are superior in regard to the teaching function.Dissertation Abstracts 1968,28(12–14), 4916.Google Scholar
  30. Spady, W. Dropouts from higher education: An interdisciplinary review and synthesis.Interchange 1970,1 64–85.Google Scholar
  31. Terenzini, P. T. & Pascarella, E. T. Student-faculty contacts and freshman year educational outcomes: A replication. Paper presented to the 19th annual forum of the Association for Institutional Research, San Diego, May 1979.Google Scholar
  32. Wilson, R. C., Wood, L. & Gaff, J. G. Social-psychological accessibility and faculty-student interaction beyond the classroom.Sociology of Education 1974,47 74–92.Google Scholar
  33. Wood, K., Linsky, A., and Straus, M. A. Class size and student evaluations of faculty.Journal of Higher Education 1974,45 524–534.Google Scholar
  34. Yonge, G. & Sassenrath, J. Student personality correlates of teacher ratings.Journal of Educational Psychology 1968,59 44–52.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Agathon Press, Inc. 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christos Theophilides
    • 1
  • Patrick T. Terenzini
    • 1
  1. 1.Office of Institutional ResearchState University of New York at AlbanyUSA

Personalised recommendations