ERIC Number: EJ1130450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Student Academic Beliefs in Perceptions of Instructor Ideological Bias
Linvill, Darren L.; Grant, Will J.
Teaching in Higher Education, v22 n3 p274-287 2017
A common perception exists in the media that university instructors are a liberal elite who use their positions to instill a biased perspective in their students. Exploring student attitudes in the United States and Australia, the present study examined how students' academic beliefs are related to their inferences of instructor ideological bias and the degree to which they identify as reacting to these inferences in the college classroom. Results of regression analysis using previously validated survey instruments revealed that students' academic entitlement and grade orientation (GO) predicted perceptions of instructor bias. In addition, students' GO predicted students' reactions to such inferred bias. Institutional differences, pedagogical implications, and areas for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Regression (Statistics), Beliefs, Questionnaires, Higher Education, Ideology, Bias, Online Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States; Australia
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