ERIC Number: ED437691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Students' Motives for Communicating with Their Instructors III: Considering Socio-Communicative Orientation, Socio-Communicative Style, and Sex Differences.
Martin, Matthew M.; Mottet, Timothy P.; Myers, Scott A.
Recently, Martin, Myers, and Mottet (1999) introduced a measure of motives students use when communicating with their instructors. The purpose of this study was to examine further students' motives for communicating with their instructors by considering both students' sociocommunicative orientation and instructors' socio-communicative style. Also of interest was whether men and women differ in their motives for communicating with their instructors. Subjects, 225 students enrolled in introductory communication courses, completed questionnaires. Students classified as competent communicators communicated more for the motives of relational, functional, excuse-making, and participation. Students classified as submissive communicators communicated more for the motive of sycophancy. Students reported communicating more frequently for functional purposes with teachers they perceived as having submissive and competent communicator styles. Male students reported communicating more for relational and sycophantic reasons while female students reported communicating more for functional reasons. Contains 39 references and 2 tables of data. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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