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NEVES, Lude Marieta Gonçalves dos Santos  and  IGLESIAS, Fabio. Teacher's punctuality: causal attributions by students in class. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.67, n.3, pp. 62-74. ISSN 1809-5267.

The literature on educational services tends to focus on students' engagement and performance, which frequently depends of their time management. But how do students react when teacher gets late in class? Based on Weiner's attribution model, this article investigated the effects of teacher's delay on 232 high school students' emotional reactions, annoyance, and judgments of acceptability. A scenario of factorial design two (student's delay vs punctuality) X two (internal vs external cause for teacher's delay) showed that external causes were more acceptable and less annoying than internal causes. These results were independent of student's own delay or punctuality. Implications for how first impressions are influenced by punctuality in class are discussed in the context of students' and teachers' interactions.

Keywords : Delays; Causal attributions; Class management.

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