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ERIC Number: EJ826578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0363-4523
The Role of Student Characteristics and Teacher Behaviors in Students' Learner Empowerment
Houser, Marian L.; Frymier, Ann Bainbridge
Communication Education, v58 n1 p35-53 Jan 2009
Empowered learners are more motivated to perform classroom tasks, and they feel more competent in the classroom, find the required tasks more meaningful, and feel they have an impact on their learning process. Previous work has concluded that empowerment is primarily influenced by teacher behavior, which is not consistent with contemporary research on achievement motivation. The focus of the present study was to examine the role of student characteristics (temperament and learner orientation) on empowerment along with the impact of instructor communication behavior (nonverbal immediacy and clarity). Interpretation of results via the motivation model revealed teacher clarity to be the primary predictor of student empowerment and learning. Student temperament and learner orientation had little impact On empowerment. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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