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ERIC Number: EJ882665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0888-210X
Exploring College Men's Perceptions about Interacting with Faculty beyond the Classroom
Vianden, Jorg
College Student Affairs Journal, v27 n2 p224-241 Spr 2009
This article documents the results of a qualitative study of the perceptions of 14 first-semester college men about interacting with faculty outside of class. The research site was a large, public doctoral extensive institution in the Midwest. Each of the men participated in three depth interviews (Miller & Crabtree, 2004) that sought to explore the students' in-class experiences they had with faculty members, and their decisions about potential out-of-class interactions with professors. The findings present observations about perceived gains from interacting with faculty, identify key factors that help or hinder interactions, and shed light on decisions men made about interacting with faculty during the first semester. The results suggest that men are uncertain about the resource faculty members provide and that they display complex help-seeking behaviors. Implications and recommendations for college educators are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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