Telic State Teaching: Understanding the Relationships Among Classroom Conflict Strategies, Humor, and Teacher Burnout of University Faculty

Ramsey, Matthew C.; Knight, Richard A.; Knight, Misty L.; Verdon, Theron
March 2011
Florida Communication Journal;Spring2011, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
This study examined the relationships among psychological reversal states (telic versus paratelic), sense of humor, classroom conflict styles, and teacher burnout. Participants were (N = 102) teaching faculty at two large Southern and one midsize Mid-Atlantic university in the U.S. The results indicate that teacher burnout is negatively correlated with sense of humor; classroom conflict styles (integrating and dominating) are predictors of teacher burnout; and, telic state teachers are more likely to adopt an obliging conflict style with students than paratelic state teachers. The study explicates the communicative issues regarding classroom conflict styles and humor usage in higher education.


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