Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1976

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Daniel Kaeck

Abstract

A study demonstrating the effects of repeated completion of evaluation forms and the assumption of providing feedback to instructors was performed using a freshman level class in introductory psychology. The class was divided into control and experimental groups. Each group was then asked to complete an evaluation form including instructor and course sections, with differences only in the number of presentations. The students were led to assume that they were providing feedback to the instructor concerning his course and teaching methods, when in fact, no feedback was occurring. Instructor ratings significantly improved as a function of repeated evaluations. Results were discussed in terms of self-monitoring phenomena and the utility of instructor-course evaluations in faculty accountability.

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Copyright 1976 Robert E. Little

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