Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Author's Department

Educational Psychology and Guidance

First Advisor

Paul D. Overton


Graduate students identified as high interactors and faculty members teaching graduate level courses participated in a questionnaire and interview study designed to expand on the existing operational definitions of student-faculty informal contact as a research variable. Statistically significant differences were found between student and faculty subjects on items concerning who defined the relationships, accessibility, and advisement. Student and faculty subjects were in agreement on a range of items concerning initiation of contact, degree of impact, context of interaction, and amount of informality. A discussion of the matter of selection, generalizability of the findings, and institutional factors is presented. Finally, recommendations are made concerning the practical implications of this area of study.

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