ERIC Number: ED330272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
"It Happened to Me": How Faculty Handle Student Reactions to Class Material. Working Paper No. 132.
Adler, Emily Stier
This paper addresses the problem of faculty members being confronted, in or out of the classroom, with students' personal reactions to some of the subject matter, especially sex and gender material, found in today's college sociology courses. The paper suggests some ways in which sociologists view student sharing of personal reactions and discusses how faculty can respond. Also discussed are the sociological courses and topics that are especially likely to spark student reactions and sharing behavior; some faculty reactions when such occurrences have taken place; ideas for coping with this behavior in the classroom; and observations from faculty on handling students' personal problems that come to them out of the classroom setting. It is suggested that faculty should think about the content of the materials that they will be presenting, the structural and organizational approaches they should use, and the goals of the course prior to content presentation in order to anticipate students' reactions and better meet their academic and personal needs. Contains 11 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, College Students, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Coping, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Sharing Behavior, Sociology, Student Behavior, Student Reaction, Teacher Student Relationship
Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($4.00 plus postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A