Accession Number : ADP001364

Title :   Effects of Psychological Differentiation and Cognitive Consistency on Students' Course Evaluations,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE OTTAWA (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Pigeon,E. Richard

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Concern has arisen on student consistency in their course evaluation reports. Since there might possibly be different evaluations given by different groups of raters, it has been suggested that cognitive styles and affective reactions should be taken into account when evaluating instruction. This research investigates in the literature and in a natural observational setting the influence of one set of two variables, namely 'Interest' and 'Expected Score', on the evaluation of another set of five course components. Two groups of raters are studied: field dependent and field independent. This research also suggests through the theory of cognitive consistency an explanation for the higher correlation found within one of the two groups of raters between the two sets of variables.

Descriptors :   *Test methods, *Scoring, *Standardization, Cognition, Ratings, Students, Performance(Human), Attitudes(Psychology), Interpreters, Response, Variables, Social psychology, Behavior, Experimental design, Questionnaires, Instrumentation, Statistical analysis, Correlation Techniques, Tables(Data), Education, Symposia, Perception(Psychology)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE