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Reactance theory: A model for instructor communication in the classroom.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology (2016)
  • Rebecca G. Mirick, Salem State University
Abstract
Student incivility, dissent, and resistance are common challenges for university instructors. Instructors are often not well trained in the prevention and management of these types of behaviors and both new and seasoned instructors frequently struggle to effectively respond to challenging student behaviors in the classroom. These behaviors disrupt the learning process for both the student and the rest of the class and can trigger anxiety, frustration, and self-doubt for the instructor. This conceptual article reviews the research on challenging classroom behaviors that impact both face-to-face and online learning environments. Reactance theory and the current literature on incivility, dissent, and resistance are used to inform a model of instructor communication for proactively preventing, responding, and minimizing these behaviors in their classrooms. Specific implications for teaching practice are discussed.
Publication Date
September, 2016
DOI
10.1037/stl0000063
Citation Information
Rebecca G. Mirick. "Reactance theory: A model for instructor communication in the classroom." Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology Vol. 2 Iss. 3 (2016) p. 219 - 229
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebecca-mirick/8/