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International Journal of Higher Education, v5 n3 p56-69 2016

This study aims to investigate whether there is significant relationship between students' perceived faculty competencies and faculty evaluated competencies. The study identified four main dimensions for measuring faculty competencies namely: teaching, research, additional services and advising. This study adopted a mixed method design. The study used purposive sampling to select school of Mechanical Science and Engineering in Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. The researchers used a random sampling technique in coming up 25 faculties and 187 undergraduate students. We conducted a Multiple linear regression analysis to examine whether independent variables are statistically significant to explain dependent variables. The results showed that all the four dimensions of faculty competency jointly predict students' perception with an R square value of 0.792. The study therefore, developed a model: SP=ß[subscript 0] + ß[subscript 1]T + ß[subscript 2]R + ß[subscript 3]S + ß[subscript 4]A + µ implying that students' perceptions are influenced by faculties' measured competencies. The research recommends the use of this model in universities as a guiding principle for faculty performance appraisal.

Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Competency Testing, Educational Research, Teacher Responsibility, Academic Advising, Mixed Methods Research, Multiple Regression Analysis, Undergraduate Students, Predictor Variables, Statistical Significance, Productivity, Instructional Effectiveness, Likert Scales, Questionnaires, Interviews, Correlation, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance

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Autor: Malechwanzi, J. Muthiani; Lei, Hongde; Wang, Lu


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