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ERIC Number: ED150940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 28
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The Nature, Frequency and Seriousness of Perceived Gross Injustices: An Exploratory Study
Wolpert, Edward M.; Mikesell, Donald W.
A gross injustice is an act perpetrated on students by a college instructor which is unfair, unjust, inconsiderate, or inequitable. A series of discussions with undergraduate students at a medium-sized midwestern university revealed the existence of 23 discrete injustices. Interviews were held with 229 students to determine the frequency, seriousness, and effect of each injustice. The most frequently encountered 16 injustices dealt with a generally capricious attitude toward students' concerns. Ratings of frequency and perceived seriousness were equally distributed between these two categories, and show that the injustices occur with sufficient frequency and are perceived to be sufficiently serious to justify the attention of those concerned with collegiate instruction. Use of this type of data in formative and summative evaluation schemata and in analyzing student behavior is discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 1978)