Student Participation and Instructor Gender in the Mixed Age College Classroom

Jay R. Howard, Butler University
Roberta Baird

Copyright The Ohio State University. Re-published here with their permission.


In this study we first identified "talkers" and "nontalkers" via observation. Then we contrasted talkers' and nontalkers' definitions of the college classroom via survey and interview to account for their differing levels of participation. How do talkers versus nontalkers view the classroom? How do their respective definitions of the situation influence their decision to participate or not to participate?