The Relationship Between Student Performance and Instructor Evaluations Revisited

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Students in introductory psychology completed an end-of-semester evaluation containing specific and global questions concerning instructor performance and course evaluation. Students' actual and expected course grades were matched with evaluation outcomes. Global items referring to overall course and instructor were significantly correlated. Whereas the instructor evaluation is weakly (but significantly) correlated with actual grade (but not with expected grade), the course evaluation is not significantly correlated with actual grade (but is weakly yet significantly correlated with expected grade). The results are discussed in the context of the differential predictors for course and instructor evaluation.

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