Advisor

Welsh, Marilyn C., 1955-

Committee Member

Granrud, Carl

Committee Member

Cochran, Kathryn F.

Department

Educational Psychology

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-1-2013

Genre

Thesis

Extent

187 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Description

Power and authority exist in every relationship. The relationship between teacher and student is no exception. Legitimacy is the cornerstone of authority, yet there is a dearth of research into how teacher legitimacy affects the teacher/student relationship. In the current study, I sought to identify characteristics and behaviors teachers exhibit that lead them to be perceived as legitimate by their students. Additionally, I examined the relationship between this perceived legitimacy and student outcomes. Using a sampling frame of military officers at Squadron Officer School in Montgomery, Alabama, I conducted focus groups to gather student perceptions regarding the teacher legitimacy characteristics. Then, using these characteristics, I developed an instrument to measure student perceptions of teacher legitimacy. Finally, I conducted regression analysis on data obtained with this instrument to assess whether perceived teacher legitimacy would significantly explain student outcomes. I hypothesized that after controlling for gender, student education level, instructor experience, and squadron of assignment that teacher legitimacy would significantly explain student outcomes in the form of end-of-course scores and scores on a measure of transformative experience (TE). Only the hypothesis regarding the relationship between teacher legitimacy and score on the TE measure was supported. Results of this study established teacher legitimacy as important to student outcomes and supported the inclusion of the concept of teacher legitimacy into the curricula of programs designed to educate those who would instruct adult learners.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Drake_unco_1061D_10265

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by author.

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