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ERIC Number: EJ854902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
A Typology of Relational Turning Point Events in College Teacher-Student Relationships
Docan-Morgan, Tony
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v9 n2 p82-97 Jun 2009
The purpose of this brief report was to develop a typology of relational turning point events between college teachers and students. Participants were 640 undergraduates who were asked whether they could recall a turning point with a teacher, and if so, to report the turning point event in detail. Analysis of the data yielded 6 large categories of turning point events, including instrumental (discussion of grade; discussion of course assignment, course content, course more generally; discussion of college, major, independent study, and/or internships; discussion of course policy/rule), "personal" (discussion of coursework and personal information; discussion of common interest; compliment; invitation; name used), "rhetorical" (lecture topic or claim; teaching style), "ridicule/discipline," "locational," and "other person." As the first of a series of studies on relational turning point events between teachers and students, the current study presents new insight into the literature on relational turning points and the larger body of literature on teacher-effectiveness. The current study also offers teachers an understanding of how to establish and build meaningful relationships with students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A