ERIC Number: EJ1142189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
What Do I Want My Professor to Be: Popular, Social, Lenient, or Effective?
Mattar, Dorine M.; El Khoury, Rim
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v28 n1 p5-47 2017
This study aims to reveal the factors behind students' personal biases and preferences in the evaluation process in order to assess the value of using students' ratings of professors' teaching effectiveness. A questionnaire was completed by 330 students at Lebanese universities asking them to provide their feedback on 23 traits commonly regarded as characteristics of effective teachers. Using factor analysis, four factors were extracted: Teacher's Teaching Skills (F1), Teacher's Leniency (F2), Teacher's Personal Characteristics (F3), and Teacher's Relationship With Students (F4). Results showed that F4 received the highest rating, followed by F1, F2, and F3. Differences in instructor ratings were investigated according to students' gender, class level, major, and GPA. The authors make recommendations for faculty members and administrators based on the results.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Preferences, Grade Point Average, Questionnaires, Factor Analysis, Teaching Skills, Teacher Effectiveness, Feedback (Response), College Faculty, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teaching Styles, Teacher Student Relationship, Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Personality Traits, Majors (Students)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon