5.3Tim knew precisely what information he needed in order to address his six research questions. Not everyone can claim to be so
clear-headed but you have to remember that he had spent a great
deal of necessary time on preliminary studies, refining his topic
and eliminating irrelevancies – and that investment of time paid
dividends. We have spoken of 'the staff questionnaire' but in fact
it has four main parts and three more subsections. They cover:
THE STAFF QUESTIONNAIRE
|1. ||Staff background.|
|2. ||Characteristics of effective teaching:|
|• ||Characteristics of effective teaching considered appropriate
for students to evaluate.|
|• ||Characteristics of effective teaching and their associated
dimensions of teaching.|
|• ||Staff perceptions of the five most and least important characteristics of effective teaching.|
|3. ||Staff confidence in the means of evaluation likely to be effective
in improving teaching.|
|4. ||Potential biasing factors which may affect the reliability of
student evaluation of teaching.|
This is a very long questionnaire and Tim knew that his respond
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Learning from Research: Getting More from Your Data.
Contributors: Judith Bell - Author, Clive Opie - Author.
Publisher: Open University Press.
Place of publication: Philadelphia.
Publication year: 2002.
Page number: 194.
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