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International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v28 n3 p414-426 2016

Incivility in the classroom is offensive, intimidating, or hostile behavior that interferes with students' ability to learn and instructors' ability to teach. The present study examined incivility in faculty-student relations and presents the findings of a survey conducted in an academic college in Israel. The study was designed to examine three specific objectives: (1) to expose and analyze the nature of behaviors that students and faculty view as incivility; (2) to identify contributory factors to uncivil interactions in the classroom as reported by students and faculty; and (3) to identify practical strategies suggested by students and faculty in order to avoid or diffuse such undesirable behaviors. We collected the data using the Incivility in Nursing Education (INE) questionnaire (Clark, 2008a, b). 46 faculty members and 268 students from various departments completed the questionnaire. We present the survey's qualitative findings in accordance with the three main objectives examined. The findings indicate considerable similarity between faculty and students in identifying uncivil behaviors and both agree that the main cause (although not the only one) lies in the penetration of norms from the external culture. Means of preventing and minimizing incivility in academia are discussed.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Student Relationship, College Students, College Faculty, Antisocial Behavior, Teacher Surveys, Student Surveys, Qualitative Research

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Autor: Yassour-Borochowitz, Dalit; Desivillia, Helena


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