Jul 29th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Assessing Teaching Effectiveness in a Basic Foods Laboratory Setting: Phase Four - Pilot Testing the Instrument


This is the fourth phase of a research project to develop a student evaluation tool (SET) to evaluate teaching effectiveness in a basic foods laboratory taught at senior institutions. The goal of phase four is to test the instrument among students enrolled in basic foods laboratories. Four hundred seventy five students at eight U.S. universities who were enrolled in a basic food laboratory completed the SET and a demographic questionnaire. Reliability using Cronbach’s coefficient alpha was .962 and factor analysis yielded 3 factors comparable to those identified by the Delphi Panel. Results from the first part of pilot testing indicate a reliable instrument preferred by students enrolled in basic food laboratory classes.