CORRELATION OF STUDENT LEARNING WITH STUDENT SATISFACTION IN AN INTRODUCTORY PHYSICAL GEOLOGY LAB SETTING
Findings of the correlation of student satisfaction data with learning data yielded conclusions that were reasonably consistent with predictions of lab instructors; however, certain unique comparisons of student satisfaction data with student assessment data yielded unexpected findings. For example, students given the opportunity to use a 3D-topographic modeling program vs. standard topographic maps did not consistently prefer one or the other teaching method, and did not consistently score better having used one or the other method. The investigation also revealed a statistical bias in student satisfaction among students with comparatively better grades. Correlations of satisfaction or learning data among students of differing age or gender revealed consistently reliable data. Further investigation of these data sets during the 09’/10’ academic year are expected to yield even more statistically reliable conclusions.