ERIC Number: EJ1082981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
When Professors Bully Graduate Students: Effects on Student Interest, Instructional Dissent, and Intentions to Leave Graduate Education
Martin, Matthew M.; Goodboy, Alan K.; Johnson, Zac D.
Communication Education, v64 n4 p438-454 2015
Academia can be a hostile place when faculty members and departments mistreat their graduate students. This study used a survey of 272 graduate students enrolled in a variety of programs and investigated bullying from the graduate student perspective. Our results indicated when graduate students viewed that they had been bullied by professors in their department (via belittlement, punishment, managerial misconduct, exclusion), they reported lower levels of student interest (meaningfulness, competence, impact) and a greater intention to leave the program. Students also reported they were more likely to communicate expressive and vengeful dissent in response. In the discussion, we outlined the ways departments can improve the quality of their graduate education culture.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Bullying, Teacher Behavior, Student Interests, Instructional Effectiveness, Intention, Academic Persistence, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Dissent, Organizational Culture, Questionnaires, Online Surveys, Hypothesis Testing, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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