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ERIC Number: EJ1122382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
Exploring the Relationship between Professor/Student Rapport and Students' Expectancy for Success and Values/Goals in College of Agriculture Classrooms
Estepp, Christopher M.; Roberts, T. Grady
Journal of Agricultural Education, v54 n4 p180-194 2013
Recent reports have indicated that many undergraduate students have become unmotivated and unengaged in the learning process. As a result, calls have been made for instructors in higher education to implement classroom interventions to help better engage students in the learning process. Research has shown that creating a hospitable learning environment can help increase students' motivational levels, which should help increase student engagement. One possible way of creating a hospitable classroom environment is by increasing professor/student rapport. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the relationships between professor/student rapport and students' motivation, operationalized as expectancy for success and values/goals. This study was conducted with students enrolled in large classes (50 or more students) in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. Participants in this descriptive correlational study mostly agreed that they possess good rapport with their instructors. Additionally, results showed that students have higher than intermediate levels of expectancy for success and values/goals for the class. Lastly, a moderate positive relationship was found between rapport and students' expectancy for success and a substantial positive relationship was found between rapport and values/goals.
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire
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