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Joel R. Butler


In the present study, a rating of professors as a variable in the learning process through a dimension rank order technique was made by 316 undergraduate students. An instructor evaluation instrument was used. This instrument was administered to students who were asked to rank order their professors on five basic dimensions of instruction.

The rank ordering demonstrated meaning in standard scores among instructors by a paired comparison transformation, and since parameters (a complete department) were used, absolute values were obtained. There was clear evidence to indicate that students could reliably and significantly discriminate between instructors on five basic dimensions of instruction. IT was shown that students could significantly differentiate between instructors, revealing consistent preferences, i.e., rater agreement on the rank order of an instructor on a given dimension.

Profiles of instructors were derived from the constructed tables, thus it was determined that instructors could be assessed by this technique providing feedback to the instructor of his relative strengths and presenting objective data which could be used as a vital part of evaluation instructors on their teaching ability and in assessing the overall functioning of the instructional process in the University.


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