Student Forgiveness in the College Classroom: Perceived Instructor Misbehaviors as Relational Transgressions

Jessalyn I. Vallade, Scott A. Myers

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Abstract

This study explored the presence of relational transgressions in the instructor-student relationship and examined the forgiveness process within this context. Students' descriptions of instructor relational transgressions were consistent with a typology of incompetent, offensive, and indolent misbehaviors. Student descriptions indicated that forgiveness varied based on the perceived transgression severity and transgressor blameworthiness of the instructor misbehavior. Offensive misbehaviors were perceived as significantly more severe and blameworthy than indolent misbehaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-356
Number of pages15
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Avoidance
  • Forgiveness
  • Instructor Misbehaviors
  • Relational Transgressions
  • Revenge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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