An Ecological Perspective on College/University Teaching: The Teaching/Learning Environment and Socialization
The college or university classroom generally consists of a group of students and a single instructor, typically a professor or a graduate teaching assistant (GTA). These participants come together in a specific physical setting and interact for a particular duration of time, usually an academic term. The class meets at regular intervals each week for a specified length of time. As the instructor and students interact within the physical environment, a social atmosphere or climate emerges. Norms for appropriate verbal and nonverbal behavior develop, constituting a classroom culture.