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dc.contributor.advisor Svinicki, Marilla D., 1946-
dc.creator Riekenberg, Janet Jester
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-30T15:29:35Z
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-30T15:29:42Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-30T15:29:35Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-30T15:29:42Z
dc.date.created 2010-05
dc.date.issued 2010-09-30
dc.date.submitted May 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-05-894
dc.description.abstract The concept of teaching effectiveness is challenging for researchers to define. Hypothesized as a multidimensional construct, it encompasses content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, personality characteristics of the teacher, and classroom dynamics. No single dimension, trait, or behavior, however, fully captures what it means to be an effective teacher. Measures, such as peer observation, self-report surveys, and student evaluations, assess teacher effectiveness in higher education. Student evaluations of teachers (SETs) assess multiple areas, including: course content, objectives, organization, and the nature, difficulty, and value of a course; teacher preparation, enthusiasm, and subject knowledge; teacher goals for structuring classroom activities and engaging students in academic pursuits (Cashin, 1995; Feldman, 1996; Marsh, 1984; Midgley, 1998). SETs can be seen as expressions of students’ perceptions about an instructor, a course, and a class, but what influences those perceptions? One concept, classroom community, hypothesizes that students’ sense of community is influenced by the quality of interaction with their instructors, fellow students, and course content. Investigations of classroom community associate higher sense of community with more positive academic outcomes. Teachers’ goals for structuring class activities and engaging students is another concept hypothesized to influence students’ perceptions. Teachers’ goal orientation towards their own teaching is also a factor that appears to influence academic outcomes. Using goal orientation theory, Kucsera, Roberts, Walls, Walker & Svinicki (2009) identified three orientations that influence how teachers approach teaching. To date little research has explored how teacher goal orientation might influence students’ perceptions. This study examined whether there is a relationship between teachers’ goal orientation towards their teaching, students’ perceptions of teacher goals for classroom structure and student engagement, sense of community, and student ratings of teacher effectiveness. Undergraduate business communications faculty completed a survey about their goals for their own teaching while their students took a survey about their sense of community in the classroom, their perceptions of their teachers’ goals for engaging them in academic work and an end-of-semester course instructor survey. Hierarchical linear modeling was used to analyze the data. Results generally indicated that students’ perceptions are associated with SETs outcomes while teachers’ goal orientations are not.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Teacher effectiveness
dc.subject Higher education
dc.subject College faculty
dc.subject Teacher effectiveness evaluation
dc.subject Student perceptions
dc.subject Student teacher relationship
dc.subject Student ratings
dc.subject Validity of student ratings of instruction
dc.subject Classroom community
dc.subject Classroom environment
dc.subject Goal orientation theory
dc.subject Classroom goal structure
dc.subject Teacher goal orientation
dc.title The relationship between student perceptions of teachers and classrooms, teacher goal orientation toward teaching, and student ratings of teacher effectiveness
dc.date.updated 2010-09-30T15:29:42Z
dc.contributor.committeeMember Dodd, Barbara G.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Eaton, Lynn J.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Moore, Leslie A.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Schallert, Diane L.
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Educational Psychology
thesis.degree.discipline Educational Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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