ERIC Number: EJ901635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Defining Intellectual Safety in the College Classroom
Call, Carolyne M.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v18 n3 p19-37 2007
The author investigated college students' perceptions of intellectual safety by posing research questions designed to elicit a definition of intellectual safety and the elements needed to create an intellectually safe environment. Participants included undergraduate and graduate students drawn from three institutions. All students filled out a questionnaire designed for the study, with what they perceived to be an intellectually safe or threatening environment providing the basis for a definition of intellectual safety. Implications for education are presented, including an emphasis on relationships in the classroom and instructors' self-reflective practices. The author concludes that further study of this topic with a more diverse sample is warranted.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Safety, Classroom Environment, Undergraduate Students, Questionnaires, Gender Differences, Teacher Influence, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques, Freedom of Speech, Intellectual Freedom, Motivation, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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