ERIC Number: ED367020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Teacher Immediacy on Students' Motivation over the Course of a Semester.
Frymier, Ann Bainbridge
A study investigated the impact of teachers' use of immediacy behaviors on students' reported motivation to study over the course of a semester. The state and trait motivation of 178 undergraduate students (enrolled in communication courses at a mid-sized eastern university) to study for a class was measured at three points during the semester. Reports of teachers' use of verbal and nonverbal immediacy were collected at two points in a semester. Support was found for the hypothesis that not all students would respond similarly to a teacher low in immediacy. Students beginning the semester with either low or moderate state motivation to study were found to have increased levels of motivation later in the semester when exposed to a highly immediate teacher. Students beginning the semester with high motivation maintained high motivation regardless of the level of immediacy they reported their teacher's having. (Nine tables of data are included. Contains 22 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Teacher Immediacy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).