Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Community college instructors' perceptions of incivility in the classroom
by Wade, Anne Slaydon, Ed.D., Western Carolina University, 2014, 119; 3619117
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative research project was to add to the body of knowledge of incivility in the class by examining the perceptions of community college instructors in the State of North Carolina. Instructors were asked to identify behaviors they believed to be disruptive or uncivil in their classroom, indicate how frequent these issues occurred, indicate how they handled the disruptions, and whether or not they believed their practices to be effective. Each of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina was invited to participate of that 58, 13 chose to accept the invitation. The sample included 793 instructors who received the email at the 13 colleges and the respond rate was 162 or 20 percent. The instructors in the community college have a variety of students. Instructors have students in the age range of 14 to over 65 that reflect the community in which the college is located. The survey was adapted from Indiana University which ran an incivility survey in 2000. Instructors taking the quantitative survey also had text boxes in which to add their comments. Behaviors such as chewing gum in class or not being prepared where not considered as disruptive to the instructors as cussing the instructor or making threatening comments during class. Findings included no significant between an instructors race and their perceptive of classroom incivility. There was no significance between the instructors' years of teaching and the size of the classroom and their perceptions of incivility. The findings at the community college level mirror the literature and findings at universities and K-12 schools.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Herzog, Mary Jean Ronan
Commitee: Asberg, Kia, Collins, Todd
School: Western Carolina University
Department: Educational Leadership & Foundations
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Adult education, Educational psychology
Keywords: Classroom management, Community college, Disruptive behavior, Incivility, Instructors, Uncivil behavior
Publication Number: 3619117
ISBN: 978-1-303-87825-1
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