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Dissertation Information for Bruce Gregory Golden

NAME:
- Bruce Gregory Golden

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Indiana University (USA) (1981)

ADVISORS:
- David Kaser

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- George Whitbeck
- Robert Heinich
- Clayton A. Shepherd

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: A STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SELECTED COMMUNITY COLLEGE INSTRUCTORS' UTILIZATION OF LEARNING RESOURCES MATERIALS AND STUDENT RATINGS OF TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS

Abstract: This study intended to determine if a relationship existed between community college instructors' utilization of learning resources materials and student ratings of teaching effectiveness. Because of its standardized procedures and its emphasis on student progress toward instructor-selected objectives, the Instructional Development Effectiveness Assessment (IDEA) student rating form was used to measure teaching effectiveness. A questionnaire was constructed and administered to a random sample of community college social sciences and humanities instructors at two Washington state community colleges. The questionnaire collected information from twenty-nine instructors regarding their utilization of library materials and instructional media, the two types of learning resources materials. Based on their responses, instructors were scored as either dependent or nondependent users of library materials and instructional media. Students taught by these instructors were administered the IDEA student rating form.

In twelve of the fourteen hypotheses, the results of the analysis of variance and correlation statistics revealed no significant relationship between effective teaching, as measured by student ratings, and the utilization of learning resources materials. While most instructors who were dependent users of library materials and instructional media obtained higher student ratings than did nondependent users, there was no significant difference at the .05 level between the two groups. Also there were no significant positive correlations between instructor scores on five utilization clusters and student ratings of instruction. These clusters were selection of materials, method of using materials, extent of use, variety of use, and evaluation of the use of materials.

The instructors in this study preferred to use instructional media more than the library in their teaching. Of the twenty-nine instructors, ten were dependent users of library materials and twenty-one were dependent on using instructional media. Furthermore, 48 percent of all the instructors did not consider student library use to be essential for academic success in their class, and 62 percent hardly ever provided library instruction for their students.

Parts of the other two hypotheses, which predicted that dependent users would score significantly higher than nondependent users on certain teaching methods, were confirmed at the .05 level of confidence. Dependent users of library materials were more likely than nondependent users of library materials to receive higher student ratings for explaining course materials clearly and providing explanations that were to the point. Dependent users of instructional media obtained significantly higher ratings than nondependent users of instructional media on the following teaching methods: (1) instructor avoided dry and dull talks; (2) instructor related course materials to real life situations; and (3) instructor introduced stimulating ideas about the subject. It appears from this study that students consider other qualities to be more important for good teaching than instructor use of library and instructional materials. This supports other research on characteristics of effective teaching which shows that students do not consider instructor use of supplementary and audiovisual materials to be highly important. Students place more importance on how teachers organize and present information. With this in mind, college instructors should avoid using masses of materials in which students can see no organization, and consider how to improve their management of the learning environment.

MPACT Scores for Bruce Gregory Golden

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TD = 0
TA = 0
calculated 2008-01-31 06:07:17

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ADVISEES:
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- None