ERIC Number: ED289827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
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A Typology of Turning Point Events in Relation to Student-Faculty Interaction.
O'Neill, Karen; And Others
This study examined the type of change that occurs in student-faculty relationships. The events perceived by the students as creating change in the relationship were considered "turning point events." Through a process of interviewing 45 senior students and then applying content analysis to the interview data, the researchers were able to construct a typology of turning point events. These events were viewed as important because of their contribution in changing the direction (either positively or negatively) of the relationships students have with faculty. After identifying these events, a typology of eight mutually exclusive and exhaustive "turning point" categories was created. These events seemed to occur during one of three different contexts: during moments of academic evaluation, during changes in classroom communication climate, and during dyadic interactions between student and teacher. A discussion is offered on the implications of these results for teacher training and future research. The data collection form is appended. (JD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Classroom Environment, Higher Education, Interaction Process Analysis, Interpersonal Communication, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship
Karen O'Neill or Wm. R. Todd-Macillas, California State Univ., College of Communication, 139 Trinity Hall, Chico, CA 95929-0502.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (San Diego, CA, February 19-23, 1988).