Can Verbally Aggressive Messages in the Instructor-Student Relationship be Constructive?
College Student Journal
Place of Publication
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.
verbal aggressiveness, teacher-student
Communication | Other Communication
Matthew M. Martin Dr, Katie N. Dunleavy Dr., and Carrie D. Kennedy-Lightsey Dr. (2010).
Can Verbally Aggressive Messages in the Instructor-Student Relationship be Constructive?. College Student Journal.44 (3), 726-736. Alabama: Project Innovation.