Attitudes toward instructors, social desirability, and behavioral intentions

Sigmund Tobias*, Robert Hanlon

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Examined whether student attitude toward instructors was related to subsequent behavior, such as the behavioral intention to take further courses with that instructor, and whether social desirability affected this relationship. 158 undergraduates completed instructor ratings, and a short form of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Principal components analysis and varimax rotation isolated 6 instructor rating factors. Ss also participated in a mock preregistration procedure assessing their intention to reregister for the same or different instructors. Results indicate that the 1st instructor rating factor, Instructor Skill, correlated .72 with intention to take further courses with that instructor. No other relationships or interactions were significant. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-408
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1975


  • behavioral intentions & social desirability, attitudes toward instructors, college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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