ERIC Number: ED140302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
An Empirical Investigation: Teaching a Course in Oral Communication to Sexually Segregated Classes.
Jarrard, Mary Elizabeth W.
The purpose of this study was to determine if the sex of class members would influence the results of a course in basic oral communication. Subjects were 64 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In an all-female class, an all-male class, and two coeducational classes, the following variables were investigated: self-concept (as measured by the California Personality Inventory), mastery of the concepts of speech communication theory, students' attitudes toward the class, and student-student effectiveness as rated by expert judges. Data showed that the composition of classes, with regard to sex of members, does affect course outcomes. Specifically, all-male and all-female groupings appeared to have more positive changes in self-concept and more positive attitudes toward the course. No differences between groups were shown to exist, as a function of class composition, with regard to students' ability to learn the concepts of the course. (Author/KS)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Higher Education, Performance Factors, Self Concept, Sex Differences, Speech Communication, Speech Instruction, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill