The effect of teacher likability on student compliance

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Morgan, Theresa Z.
Bergeron, Angela
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2007-06-12T16:04:43Z
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teacher likability , likability , compliance , student compliance , college
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Abstract
This study examined the effects of teacher likability on student compliance. Thirty undergraduate students participated in this study. The participants were given a description of a fictitious college professor. One group read a description of a likable professor. The other read a description of an unlikable professor. They were then asked to comply with the professor's request for input on a personal project. It was hypothesized that students would comply more with the request of a teacher described as likable. Compliance was measured by counting the number of words used in each participant's response. An independent samples t-test was used to analyze the data and did not show a significant difference between groups.
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