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ERIC Number: EJ908232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0363-4523
"Everything Changed": Relational Turning Point Events in College Teacher-Student Relationships from Teachers' Perspectives
Docan-Morgan, Tony
Communication Education, v60 n1 p20-50 Jan 2011
The purpose of this study was to investigate college teachers' experiences of relational turning points with their students, as well as how these turning point events may affect teacher outcomes. Teachers who were able to identify a relational turning point event with a student (n=306, 78.5% of the overall sample) completed open- and closed-ended questions about the event. Analysis of participants' responses yielded four distinct supracategories of relational turning point events, comprised of consultation, transgression, intimation, and realization of student potential or success. Teachers who reported intimation and realization of student potential or success turning point events also indicated increased liking for students, teacher-student interpersonal relationships, teacher self-efficacy, teacher motivation, and teacher job satisfaction. Teachers who reported transgression turning points indicated decreased liking for students, teacher motivation, and teacher job satisfaction. Teachers who reported consultation turning point events indicated either increased or decreased teacher outcomes depending on the nature of the event. At the end of the article, readers are invited to engage in reflective practice and move to action regarding the findings of this study. (Contains 1 note and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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