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The Students Teachers Dislike

Have you ever disliked a student? That’s not a feeling most of us want to admit, but we are human and that means not kindly disposed toward everyone. In recent surveys (Boysen et al., 2020, 2021), about 50 percent of faculty in two cohorts, one in psychology and the other drawn from across disciplines, admitted to intense dislike of some students—not many; usually only one such student every two to three years. I suspect many of us commonly experience less intense feelings of dislike for students, although there were faculty in these cohorts who reported never disliking a student.

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