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Towards identifying critical factors in teaching behavioural sciences Haridas, T. P.

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The major objective of this study is to identify the critical factors in effective teaching in the IR&M Division of the Faculty of Commerce, at University of B.C. It is hoped that many of the findings of this study will also be relevant to teaching of other behavioural sciences like anthropology, psychology and sociology. The findings of this study are also hoped to throw some light- on the content validity of the S.I.R Questionnaire currently used in the faculty for teacher evaluation. Three samples, 381 students, 9 professors and 7 administrative personnel were used for the present study. Three sets of behavioural scales for measuring Faculty performance (in the IR&M Division) are constructed using the Behavi oural ly (Anchored Rating Scale technique. In a pilot study using 62 students it was found that the Behavioural Scales has high reliability. The initial examination of the instrument showed its high content validity and freedom from central tendency and leniency problems. The implications and uses of the current study with some suggestions for improving the Behaviourally Anchored scales are also discussed.

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