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ERIC Number: ED257141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Communication Style or Leadership: The Validation and Interpretation of an Instrument.
Cocetti, Robert A.
The instrument designed by Patricia Kearney to measure communication style was chosen for a study of validity and reliability for three reasons: (1) the format of the instrument appeared to be more descriptive than evaluative, (2) its theoretical foundations encouraged the viewpoint that there is no one best communication style, and (3) it was designed as a peer report. After being administered to four separate student populations and analyzed through the methods of factor analysis and regression analysis, the instrument was revised to reflect small group leadership theory. The final composite picture described by the instrument is that a successful teacher is one who is not rigid and who is high in responsiveness, general interpersonal skills or consideration, and assertiveness of initiating structure. In terms of small group leadership theory, such an interpretation of the instrument considers leadership to be a more useful metaphor for teaching than communication style. In addition, leadership stresses the interaction between leader and follower, a concept not strongly stressed in communication style research. (A copy of the instrument is appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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