ERIC Number: ED120874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Teaching to Communicate: The Social Psychological Problem.
Conville, Richard L.
There are two problems with the research on the prediction of achievement in applied communication courses: substantial predictor variables have not been isolated; and theoretical explanation of results have not been developed. The present investigation developed an achievement hypothesis based on similarity-attraction theory. It was predicted that instructors would give the better grades to students more similar to them on an experienced-inexperienced dimension. Students and their instructors in the applied communication course at the University of Massachusetts--Amherst participated. The prediction was confirmed for faculty but not for graduate teaching assistants. Application was made to instructor training programs, and social conflict theory was presented as a more useful paradigm than similarity-attraction for future research. (Author/RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Not available in hard copy to marginal legibility of original document; Study done at the University of Massachusetts