Development of an instrument for students' evaluation of a graduate program

This paper presents the process of developing an instrument for students' assessment of a Graduate Program. That process encompassed a series of steps involving a sample of 14 faculty members of a Psychology Graduate Program as well as a pilot sample of 52 graduate students. The revised instrument was tested on a group of 62 students (46 masters and 17 doctoral students). Both quantitative and qualitative results indicated that the instrument was reliable with high internal consistency as a whole (alpha= 0,9332) and as sub-scales. In addition, those results also suggested that the instrument was valid (face and content validity). We hope to have contributed with this work to other graduate programs in their student assessment system and also to researchers interested in scale development.

Student evaluation; Graduate education; Scale development

Universidade de São Francisco, Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Psicologia R. Waldemar César da Silveira, 105, Vl. Cura D'Ars (SWIFT), Campinas - São Paulo, CEP 13045-510, Telefone: (19)3779-3771 - Campinas - SP - Brazil