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ERIC Number: EJ1057585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-2162-3104
Comparison of American and Chinese College Students' Perception of Instructor Authority
Li, Ting
Journal of International Students, v2 n1 p116-122 Spr 2012
Teacher authority has long been recognized as one of the critical factors that contribute to the formation of effective learning circumstances (Haywood-Metz, 2006). A survey was developed based on Dornbusch and Scott's (1975) theoretical framework of distinction between formal authority and informal authority, named "The Attitude towards College Instructor Authority" (ACIA). By using this survey among Chinese and American students at an American University, the current study examines college students' perception of instructor authority, including their preference of formal or informal authority, the valued elements in instructor professional competence, as well as the relation between instructor's perceived demographic features and their authority power. The results indicate that overall students rely highly on instructors' position-attached formal authority rather than professionally-oriented informal authority. Whereas there are culture-specified differences between Chinese and American college students' valued dimension of instructors' professional competence at the informal authority level. Possible reasons for the similarities and differences are addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United States