Teaching Strategies: Incivility in the College Classroom

Broadly defined, classroom incivility is any action that interferes with a harmonious and cooperative learning atmosphere in the classroom. Uncivil student behavior not only disrupts and negatively effects the overall learning environment for students but also contributes to instructors' stress and discontent. The articles in this section describe forms of classroom incivility and ways to reduce disruptive behavior in the college classroom.

Reducing Incivility in the University/College Classroom (Morrissette, 2001)

Incivility in the classroom is offensive, intimidating, or hostile behavior that interferes with students’ ability to learn and with instructors’ ability to teach. This paper identifies factors contributing to uncivil interactions in the classroom and provides practical strategies designed to avoid or diffuse such conflicts.

The International Center for Academic Integrity (Clemson University)

The ICAI is a forum for students, faculty, teachers and administrators who are interested in issues related to academic integrity.  The site has numerous links to online resources, conference announcements, assessment guides, and research.   

Managing Classroom Conflict (University of North Carolina, 2004)

Newsletter from UNC Center for Teaching and Learning addressing classroom conflict. Includes a section about preventing incivility by promoting social cohesion in the classroom.