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Faculty Perspectives

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The purpose of this qualitative analysis exercise is to examine faculty perspectives germane to the incivility of students in an on-campus undergraduate psychology program. Following a similar study conducted by Clark and Springer (2007), this analysis uses similar thematic coding to identify faculty perceptions. A total of 15 faculty provided responses, some provided more than one response. The responses were then categorized into eight themes. The eight themes are, disrupting other by talking in class, disrespectful toward faculty, leaving early and arriving late, using cell phones, sleeping/not paying attention, bringing children to class, eating/drinking during class in a way that is disruptive, and coming to class unprepared. In SPSS the above themes are coded from one to eight respectively. Of the 15 faculty who provided responses, the average number of years of teaching was a little over six years. The minimum number of years teaching was one year, and the maximum number of years…show more content…
Calculating the frequencies shows a mode of one. Mode was selected as the measure of central tendency because the variable faculty comment code is nominal. It would make little sense to run mean and median descriptives, as the only measure of central tendency with a nominal variable is mode (Manikandan, 2011). The mode of one represents the faculty code labeled disrupting other by talking in class. This means that of the valid responses, the most frequent theme, having a total of 15, noted by faculty was students who talked too much during class time. The second most frequent theme of incivility was students who left early or arrived late. Of the 41 valid responses, 22% fell into this theme. Disrespectful toward faculty, students using their cell phones during class, and sleeping/not paying attention were, in that order, the next most noted behaviors of incivility. The following descriptives calculated using SPSS validate the above
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