Teacher greetings increase college students' test scores.

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Authors: Lawrence Weinstein, Antonio Laverghetta, Ralph Alexander and Megan Stewart
Date: June 2009
From: College Student Journal(Vol. 43, Issue 2)
Publisher: Project Innovation Austin LLC
Document Type: Report
Length: 818 words

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The current study is an extension of a previous investigation dealing with teacher greetings to students. The present investigation used teacher greetings with college students and academic performance (test scores). We report data using university students and in-class test performance. Students in introductory psychology who received teachers' personal recognition before class begins ("Hello", "I am glad you're in class today") did significantly better on a class test that day than the same students who did not receive such preclass attention. Pretest mean was 67.05% and posttest mean was 85.25%. There were 40 participants, (t(39) = 7.401, p<.001). This is a potentially important easy way to positively impact student learning.


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Weinstein, Lawrence, et al. "Teacher greetings increase college students' test scores." College Student Journal, vol. 43, no. 2, June 2009, pp. 452+. link.gale.com/apps/doc/A201608606/AONE?u=null&sid=googleScholar. Accessed 24 Sept. 2023.

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