What Influences College Classroom Interaction?

By Hermann Kurthen.

Published by The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation

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This study analyzed factors that influence classroom interaction based on 320 class observations at a large U.S. Midwestern undergraduate college. Regression analysis of class, student, and instructor characteristics indicated these factors were weak in explaining interaction quality. But class characteristics and interaction quality are important for explaining interaction quantity. An analysis of causes and conditions of observed interactions suggests that aspects such as an instructor's skills, teaching tools, style, method, class topics, student interest, motivation, and other features are most valuable in explaining both interaction quality and quantity.

Keywords: Qualitative and Quantitative Classroom Interaction, Characteristics of Students, Instructors, Teaching

International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation, Volume 20, Issue 4, November 2014, pp.13-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 717.205KB)).

Dr. Hermann Kurthen

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, USA

Hermann Kurthen received his doctoral degree at Free University in Berlin in Sociology and is professor of Sociology at GVSU. He was previously employed at Stony Brook University (1997-2004), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991-1996), and the Free University West Berlin (1978-1989). His research and publications range from comparative migration, minority issues and transatlantic relations to issues of teaching and learning.