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ERIC Number: EJ1153350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0363-4523
A Longitudinal Analysis of Students' Motives for Communicating with Their Instructors
Myers, Scott A.
Communication Education, v66 n4 p467-473 2017
This study utilized the longitudinal survey research design using students' motives to communicate with their instructors as a test case. Participants were 282 undergraduate students enrolled in introductory communication courses at a large Mid-Atlantic university who completed the Student Communication Motives scale at three points (Time 1: second week, Time 2: eighth week, Time 3: 14th week) during the Spring semester. The use of the longitudinal survey research design revealed three motives fluctuated in use: (a) the "relational" motive was used more at Time 3 than at Time 2, (b) the "functional motive" was used less between both Time 1 and Time 3 and Time 2 and Time 3, and (c) the sycophancy motive was used less between Time 1 and Time 2, but more between Time 2 and Time 3. The advantages of using a longitudinal survey research design in instructional communication studies are reviewed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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