Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Leaving the chair empty": Dealing with the effects of student death
by Johnson, Ronald L., II, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2014, 65; 1558684
Abstract (Summary)

Student death in college is becoming a growing issue and professors are often left to discuss the death with the student's classmates. However, students have inadequate experience and professors have limited (or no) training on how to handle end-of-life experiences in the classroom, students and professors are often left confused and unprepared. This study aims to determine how students are affected by their classmate's death, how professors utilize class time to discuss the loss of a classmate, and how universities handle the loss of a student. Universities rarely offer death and dying training for their faculty, which can result in awkward situations in the classrooms. Students want all the information they can have regarding their classmate's death. Most professors agree that they do not feel suited to manage and teach on death and dying issues, so they strongly support including death education and training in their orientation. Additional implications and recommendations are offered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: DeGroot, Jocelyn
Commitee: Alexander, Alicia, Wrobbel, Eric
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Speech Communications
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication
Keywords: Classroom, College, Professor, Student death, University
Publication Number: 1558684
ISBN: 978-1-303-98882-0
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