ERIC Number: EJ1102859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Instructor Strategic Ambiguity: Delineation of the Construct and Development of a Measure
Klyukovski, Andrei A.; Medlock-Klyukovski, Amanda L.
Communication Education, v65 n3 p253-271 2016
This article presents research to delineate the construct of instructor strategic ambiguity (ISA) and develop a measure. The first study analyzed instructor uses of ambiguity, identified 18 strategies, and classified them into four categories. The second study developed an Instructor Strategic Ambiguity Measure (ISAM) for the college classroom. This 15-item scale consisted of four factors: "application", "challenge", "assignments", and "leadership". The ISAM is positively correlated with learner empowerment, learning indicators, need for cognition, and student motivation, which offers evidence of construct validity. The results of the study suggest student perceptions of ISA complement instructor clarity.
Descriptors: Ambiguity (Context), Teaching Styles, Educational Strategies, Cluster Grouping, Measures (Individuals), Item Analysis, Test Items, Online Surveys, Questionnaires, Classroom Communication, Behavioral Objectives, Change Strategies, Factor Structure, Student Motivation, Student Empowerment, Educational Indicators, Undergraduate Students, Likert Scales, Factor Analysis, Test Construction, Construct Validity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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