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Students' evaluation of tertiary educational goals: The impact of lecturer and student characteristics
Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2004)
  • Nerina Jane Caltabiano, James Cook University
  • M. L. Caltabiano
Abstract
This study is concerned with how tertiary students evaluate educational goals within their degree programs. Crooks' (1988) classification of educational practices in terms of short-term and medium-term consequences is used. This study assesses the viability of his classificatory system within a university student sample. The current study extends previous research by considering both lecturer characteristics (e.g., lecturer supportiveness, teaching quality, approachability of lecturing staff and availability of lecturing staff) and student characteristics (e.g., age and student's year level) which may predict how educational practices are evaluated. Evaluation data are provided by 164 volunteer students (31.5% males and 68.5% females). The principal component analysis was able to establish a list of short-term and medium-term goals appropriate for a university student sample. Lecturer supportiveness predicts short-term goals while teaching quality and student's year level predicted medium-term goals. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Date
2004
Citation Information
Nerina Jane Caltabiano and M. L. Caltabiano. "Students' evaluation of tertiary educational goals: The impact of lecturer and student characteristics" Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2004)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nerina_caltabiano/26/