Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Curriculum and Instruction
Richard P. Manatt
The primary purpose of this study was to determine if there were significant associations between selected student demographic characteristics and the mean student ratings of teachers in the Lincoln County Wyoming School District. A major goal was to assist teachers in understanding the relationship, if any, between mean student ratings of teachers and the student demographic profiles of teacher classrooms. The selected student demographic characteristics studied included; student gender, special education designation, honor roll status, low socioeconomic status and average class attenDance;;The student demographic characteristics and the student rating of teacher data were collected in the spring of 1996. Teacher and student data were coded to protect individual information in accordance with the Iowa State University Human Subjects Release agreement. The achievement data were converted to standardized scores to allow comparisons across grades, classrooms and course examinations. Statistical tests were used to analyze the student demographic data and the student ratings of teachers to ensure that variability existed between classrooms and teachers. Statistical tests were then run on each selected student demographic characteristic to determine if there were significant associations with student ratings of teachers. Finally a statistical regression was performed to determine if any associations existed between groups of demographic characteristics and the student ratings of teachers. This study found no significant associations between student ratings of teachers and selected student demographic characteristics in the Lincoln County Wyoming School District;Teachers and administrators should not be concerned about possible associations between gender mix, included special education students, low socioeconomic status students, the average number absences in their classes and the mean student rating of teachers. Variations in student ratings of teachers should not be attributed to unusual distributions of the five student demographic characteristics analyzed in this study. This study has illustrated the value of confronting myths and misconceptions about student demographic characteristics and their possible association with student ratings of teachers. The statistical measures used in this study did not confirm the assumptions of popular, opinion-based literature.
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Herbert Duane Strasser
Strasser, Herbert Duane, "The association of selected student characteristics with student ratings of teachers " (1999). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 12615.