Methods in Behavioral Research

Evaluation for Methods in Behavioral Research

Overall Grade Distribution: Based on EIGHT class sections so far.

  A A- B+ B B- C+ C D F
(N = 106)20.8%19.8%15.1%17.0% 5.7% 7.5% 9.4% 1.9% 2.8%

Overall Course Evaluation Averages
Five point rating scales:5=Very effective1=Ineffective
 5=Much more than most courses1=Much less than most courses
 5=Very difficult1=Very elementary
 5=Much heavier1=Much lighter
 5=Very fast1=Very slow
  I.e., The closer to 5.00, the better the score (usually).
Section / QuestionMean
Course Organization & Planning
1. The instructor's explanation of course requirements. 4.79
2. The instructor's preparation for each class period. 4.84
3. The instructor's command of the subject matter. 4.90
4. The instructor's use of class time. 4.76
5. The instructor's way of summarizing or emphasizing important points in class. 4.82
6. The instructor's ability to make clear and understandable presentations. 4.73
7. The instructor's command of spoken English (or the language used in the course). 4.90
8. The instructor's use of examples or illustrations to clarify course material. 4.80
9. The instructor's use of challenging questions or problems. 4.76
10. The instructor's enthusiasm for the course material. 4.89
Faculty/Student Interaction
11. The instructor's helpfulness and responsiveness to students. 4.83
12. The instructor's respect for students. 4.84
13. The instructor's concern for student progress. 4.72
14. The availability of extra help for this class (taking into account the size of the class). 4.86
15. The instructor's willingness to listen to student questions and opinions. 4.87
Assignments, Exams, & Grading
16. The information given to students about how they would be graded. 4.64
17. The clarity of exam questions. 4.34
18. The exams' coverage of important aspects of the course. 4.49
19. The instructor's comments on assignments and exams. 4.66
20. The overall quality of the textbook(s). 4.21
21. The helpfulness of assignments in understanding course material. 4.61
Supplementary Instructional Methods
22-28 Summary data were not provided for responses to these questions.
Course Outcomes
29. My learning increased in this course. 4.26
30. I made progress toward achieving course objectives. 4.10
31. My interest in the subject area has increased. 4.00
32. This course helped me to think independently about the subject matter. 4.28
33. This course actively involved me in what I was learning 4.29
Student Effort & Involvement
34. I studied and put effort into this course. 4.36
35. I was prepared for each class (writing and reading assignments). 3.96
36. I was challenged by this course. 4.60
Course Difficulty, Workload, & Pace
37-39 Summary data were not provided for responses to these questions.
Overall Evaluation
40. Rate the quality of instruction in this course as it contributed to your learning.
(Try to set aside your feelings about the course content.)

Beginning the Fall of 2002, along with the standard form, I began distributing my own five-question evaluation form to students. This form invites written comments designed to improve the class. It is of course optional and responses are anonymous. (It is sealed with the RMU forms and delivered to me AFTER the end of the semester.) Below are almost ALL of the responses I've received so far (for the sake of space, I have left out comments that have no real content, such as, "No," or "None," etc.).

Written Course Evaluations

  1. Were there any course topics (etc.) you would have liked to see in class (or on the internet)?

  2. If you could reasonably change or improve one thing about this course, what would it be?

  3. Is there anything you really liked (that Dr. Paul should definitely keep) in this course?

  4. What advice would you give to a student who was considering whether to take this class?

  5. Any additional comments?

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