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ERIC Number: EJ1057194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: EISSN-1949-6427
The Complexity of Communication in a Course Environment: A Case Study
Santandreu, R. Juan; Shurden, Susan; Shurden, Michael
Journal of Case Studies in Education, v2 Jul 2011
Communication is not a simple concept. On the contrary, it is one that entails multiple aspects of a complex process. It is interesting to see that there are many definitions of communication, some of which, in the authors' opinion, fit better in the educational environment by considering the impact of communication as one that influences all disciplines in their search for academic excellence ("Merriman-Webster", 2009). Under specific circumstances, for instance in a course environment, in a class project or assignment, communication takes a central role of clearly identifying the situation or problem at hand, providing guidelines that allow all parties involved--professor(s) and students--to have a clear perspective on the requirements and expectations on the part of the instructor(s) in terms of the final outcome, including the time frame for accomplishment (Frymier, 2005). It is in this area where the authors wanted to explore some of the intricacies of communication using a realistic case scenario. This preliminary study, as part of a larger effort to evaluate both ethical and communication aspects of the complex multifaceted interaction between the instructor(s) and students, will address communication issues related to specific project(s) or assignment(s) as part of course work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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