The Correlation between Student/Instructor Rapports, Student Perceptions of Instructor Effectiveness, and Course Grade Expectations
School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Vivian O. Jones
Correlation, Expectations, Freshman, General Education, Perceptions, Rapport
Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Other Education
Yezbick, Erin, "The Correlation between Student/Instructor Rapports, Student Perceptions of Instructor Effectiveness, and Course Grade Expectations" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1183.
The researcher attempted to determine if a correlation exists between student/instructor rapport, student perceptions of instructor effectiveness, and course grade expectations for freshman general education courses at a career college in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. Previous studies have determined that rapport affects motivation (Bergström, 2010; Frisby, Berger, Burchett, Herovic, & Strawser, 2014; Legg & Wilson, 2009), perceptions of teacher effectiveness (Giles, 2011; Kozub, 2010), and evaluation scores (Barth, 2008; Kowai-Bell, Guadango, Little, & Ballew, 2012). The researcher asked the following research questions: Is there a relationship between student/instructor rapport, as measured by the Professor-Student Rapport Scale (Wilson, Ryan, & Pugh, 2010), and student perceptions of instructor effectiveness in freshman general education courses at a career college in the Great Lakes Region of the United States; and is there a relationship between student/instructor rapport and students’ expectations of their overall course grade in freshman general education courses at a career college in the Great Lakes Region of the United States? The study was conducted as quantitative research using a non-experimental correlational research design. The study was conducted at a career college in the Great Lakes Region of the United States using students enrolled in general education courses. Data were collected using two instruments, the Professor-Student Rapport Scale and the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Short Form. The data were analyzed using Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (Pearson’s r) and Spearman’s rank-order correlation coefficient (Spearman’s rs). The study found statistically significant positive correlations between Professor-Student Rapport and Instructor Evaluation and between Professor-Student Rapport and Student Expected Course Grade.
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