Mohammad Shaikh Psychology
Faculty Mentor(s):Dr. Scott Drabenstot
Presentation Title:The Influence of Parents on Student-Instructor Alliance
This study evaluates the alliance between a student and an instructor and how that relationship is influenced by the student’s relationship with their parents. The hypothesis is that a person’s initial attachment to their parents determines the attachment toward that person’s instructor. Data is collected using the learning alliance inventory (LAI; Rogers, 2012), experiences in close relationship scale-relationship structures (ECR-RS; Fraley, Heffernan, Vicary, & Brumbaugh, 2011), and the group cohesion scale-revised (GCS-R; Treadwell et al., 2001). The results indicate that individuals with greater anxiety and avoidance towards instructors have a negative belief of collaborative bond, teacher competency, and student investment. Results of this study may prove helpful for identifying tangible ways to increase the effectiveness of teaching in a classroom setting.