Examining the silence of academic disappointment: A typology of students' reasons for not discussing disappointing grades with instructors

Wright, Courtney N.
December 2013
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning;Dec2013, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p46
Academic Journal
Although student-teacher interactions about disappointing grades can be beneficial, students do not always engage in them. The objective of this study was to explore the domain of reasons undergraduate students report for not discussing disappointing grades with their instructors. The data analysis yielded six main categories of reasons: utility of grade conversations, judgment of the evaluation, understanding of grade cause(s), instructor/relational considerations, student characteristics, and situational factors. This study advances the first typology of students' reasons for not discussing disappointing grades and offers implications for instructional practice, theory and research. Study limitations and future research directions are also discussed.


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