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Faculty Perceptions of Students. II. Faculty Definition of Desirable Student Traits

Davis, Junius A.
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RB-64-11, RDR-63-64, No. 08
ETS Research Bulletin
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College Board, Evaluation Criteria, Social Desirability, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes


The primary purpose of this study was to determine student traits that faculty associate with desirability, separate and apart from those reflected by the traditional academic achievement indices. Ratings of intellectual ability and values, motivation, and creativity, as well as actual grade point average, were found to be related to general desirability ratings. Desirability apart from grades, however, appears to consist of such traits as likableness, ethicality, open-mindedness, altruism, maturity, and self-insight, although ratings of intellectual ability and values have components related to grades and to desirability apart from grades. Ability as measured by the SAT, though reasonably related to performance, appears to have negative relationship to desirability apart from grades.

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