Characteristics of Effective Teachers in the Air Force's Squadron Officer College
AUBURN UNIV AL
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This study investigated how Squadron Officer School Class O7D students perceived the characteristics of effective teachers by having them rank their own teachers on each of the 28 characteristics identified in the Teacher Behaviors Checklist TBC. The study sought to determine whether there were any statistically significant differences in the total scores of male and female students, and whether there were any statistically significant differences in the total scores of students and instructors. Subjects were 261 students and 20 instructors. They completed the TBC, recording their perceptions of the 28 characteristics on the checklist using a 5-point Likert-type scale. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and independent sample t-tests. Results showed that there were no statistically significant differences in TBC total mean scores between male and female students, and no statistically significant differences in TBC total mean scores between teachers and students. The study suggests that students and teachers, regardless of the gender of the student, perceive that the characteristics of effective teachers are present in the teachers at the Squadron Officer School. Also, the TBC shows promise for continued use in measuring the characteristics of effective teachers in instructional settings outside the traditional college or university environment.
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