ERIC Number: EJ917244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Can Verbally Aggressive Messages in the Instructor-Student Relationship Be Constructive?
Martin, Matthew M.; Dunleavy, Katie Neary; Kennedy-Lightsey, Carrie
College Student Journal, v44 n3 p726-736 Sep 2010
How instructors communicate with their students impacts their students' instructional attitudes, motivations, and behaviors. Verbal aggression in the classroom often leads to negative instructional and relational outcomes (Infante, 1995; Myers, 2001; Myers & Knox, 2000; Myers & Rocca, 2001). This study investigated whether verbally aggressive messages in the instructor-student relationship could be constructive. Participants answered questions that included how instructors use verbally aggressive messages in the classroom, whether students could identify any positive outcomes from those verbally aggressive messages, and whether students communicating verbally aggressively with their instructors had ever led to positive outcomes. Findings confirm that some instructors use verbally aggressive messages regularly (while some instructors never use verbally aggressive messages). Students also report that the use of verbal aggression in the classroom, both by instructors and by students, have led to positive outcomes.
Descriptors: Aggression, Verbal Communication, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Behavior, Attitude Measures, Interpersonal Communication, Classroom Communication, Online Courses, Computer Mediated Communication, College Students, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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