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Impact of Matching Process on Peer and Graduate Leader Satisfaction

 

Quick Findings

Research suggests that peer and graduate leaders who get matched with a co-instructor by the University 101 Programs office have the same satisfaction with their role and teaching partner as those who find a match on their own.

Summary

Data from the fall 2016 end-of-semester University 101 peer and graduate leader evaluations were analyzed to determine whether the process used to match students with co-instructors – either a student and co-instructor making a match on their own, or a match made by the University 101 Programs office – had any impact on the peer or graduate leader’s subsequent satisfaction with his or her role in the UNIV 101 classroom or relationship with his or her co-instructor.

Peer leaders indicated on their Peer Leader Program Evaluation whether or not they knew their co-instructor before being matched; graduate leaders indicated on their Graduate Leader Survey whether or not they selected their co-instructor on their own. Both the Peer Leader Program Evaluation and the Graduate Leader Survey asked respondents to report the degree to which they were satisfied with their role in the classroom. The wording of questions regarding the students’ relationships with their co-instructors differed between the surveys (see Tables 1 and 2), but each addressed the degree to which the students were satisfied with the relationship.

Data were analyzed to find differences in means on the selected questions for each group. Independent samples t-tests yielded no significant differences between peer leaders or graduate leaders who made a match on their own and those that had a match made by the University 101 Programs office.    



Table 1

Peer Leader Satisfaction with Class Role and Relationship with Co-Instructor
   
Means (n)

p
   
Knew Co-Instructor
Before Match
Did Not Know
Co-Instructor
Before Match
 

  I was satisfied with my role in the UNIV 101 classroom.

4.36 (36)
4.42 (104)
.695
  I was satisfied with my relationship with my UNIV 101 co-instructor.
4.53 (36)
4.51 (104)
.911

Note. Data from fall 2016 Peer Leader Program Evaluation.



Table 2

Graduate Leader Satisfaction with Class Role and Relationship with Co-Instructor

   
Means (n)

p
   
Selected My
Co-Instructor
On My Own
Paired by
University 101
 

  I was satisfied with the role I had in my UNIV 101 class.

4.62 (13)
4.35 (17)
.338
  If I had it to do over again, I would work with the same instructor again.
4.46 (13)
4.24 (17)
.604

Note. Data from fall 2016 Peer Leader Program Evaluation.