ERIC Number: ED334610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Use of Power and Teacher Effectiveness: Comparing the Perceptions of Adult Learners and Traditional Undergraduate Students.
Comadena, Mark E.; And Others
A study examined the relationship between teacher use of power and teacher effectiveness in samples of adult learners and traditional undergraduate students. The primary goal was to provide educators with practical information that may assist them in adapting their classroom communication styles to different student audiences. Subjects, 71 traditional undergraduate students and 105 adult learners enrolled in a variety of courses offered through the college of continuing education at a large midwestern university, completed questionnaires designed to measure teacher effectiveness and use of power in the classroom. Findings showed that in this sample of adult learners, teacher effectiveness ratings were significantly and negatively related to teacher use of coercive power and positively related to teacher use of expert power. In the sample of traditional undergraduate students, teacher effectiveness ratings were significantly correlated with teacher use of expert and referent power. (One table of data is included.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Power; Student Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (41st, Chicgao, IL, May 23-27, 1991).