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ERIC Number: ED314793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 52
Abstractor: N/A
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Toward a Conceptual Refinement of Interpersonal Communication Competence: An Analysis of Subjects' Conceptions of Adept and Inept Communicators.
Schrader, David
A study examined the concept of interpersonal communication competence in order to construct a more refined instrument than those currently used to measure competence. Using 70 items drawn from several existing measures of competence, 660 volunteer subjects from undergraduate communication courses at a large midwestern university provided their conception of adept and inept communicators, defined respectively as the best and worst communicators they know. Direct and multiple step-wise discriminant analyses were performed to determine the extent to which these items best discriminated between subjects' conceptions of adept and inept communicators, and to determine which of the 70 items best discriminated between these conceptions. Canonical discriminant functions revealed that the subjects clearly distinguished between adept and inept communicators. Classification results revealed that nearly 97% of the cases were classified correctly. Results of the multiple step-wise discriminant analysis indicated that 39 of the 70 items best discriminated between these conceptions. Further steps in instrument development are discussed, and a theoretical foundation for interpersonal communication competence is presented. (Four tables of data are included; 44 references are attached.) (Author/KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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