Credibility and the Professor: The Juxtaposition of Student Perceptions and Instructor Beliefs
Freeman, Nicole P. M.
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As credibility is defined by receivers, the study of teacher credibility continuously involves rigorous studies of student perceptions regarding teacher credibility levels. While information regarding student perceptions is quite helpful, few measures have been made to directly apply student perceptions to individual professors through cross-analysis. Additionally, the majority of studies operationalize credibility through the use of only closed-ended, numerical measurement tools. Although beneficial, teachers are rarely provided with specific, detailed information regarding credibility influencing behaviors. This qualitative study analyzes the correlations and inconsistencies that occurred among student perceptions and teacher beliefs of credibility influencing behaviors and credibility levels in five cases. This study found that the addition of open-ended questions provides an acute sense of depth to the measurement of credibility by identifying specific, influencing behaviors utilized by professors.