An exploratory investigation examining the cues that students use to form initial impressions and expectancies of lecturers

Birch, Phil D. J., Batten, J., Manley, Andrew J. and Smith, Matthew J. (2013) An exploratory investigation examining the cues that students use to form initial impressions and expectancies of lecturers. Teaching in Higher Education, 17 (6). pp. 660-672. ISSN 1356-2517

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the informational cues that students perceive to be influential when developing initial impressions and expectancies of a lecturer. Undergraduate university students (n�452) were required to rate the extent to which 30 informational cues (e.g. gender, qualifications) influence their initial perceptions of a lecturer. Following exploratory factor analysis (EFA), a five-factor model (i.e. appearance (APP), accessories (ACC), third party reports (TPR), communication skills (CS), nationality/ethnicity (NE) was extracted. Inspection of mean scores identified that students rated TPR (e.g. teaching experience) and CS (e.g. speed of speech) to be influential factors in forming initial impressions and expectancies of a lecturer. The findings identify the potential for expectancy effects within student �lecturer interactions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Depositing User: Phil Birch
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2018 11:34
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2018 12:26
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3528

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