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ERIC Number: EJ791802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Rate My Professor: Online Evaluations of Psychology Instructors
Silva, Kathleen M.; Silva, Francisco J.; Quinn, Megan A.; Draper, Jill N.; Cover, Kimberly R.; Munoff, Alison A.
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n2 p71-80 Apr 2008
We analyzed students' ratings and comments of their psychology instructors that were posted on and to determine which features of a course and an instructor evoked the most positive and negative reactions. A content analysis of students' comments showed that instructors' characteristics(e.g., enthusiastic, organized) generated the most positive and negative comments; student development generated the fewest comments. Instructors' helpfulness and clarity were positively correlated with positive comments about their personality, teaching characteristics, and global quality. Although the psychometric qualities of the scales used on the RateMyProfessors Web sites and the representativeness of the students who made ratings on these sites are unknown, the focus of the students' comments was similar to those in studies of traditional teaching evaluations. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A