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Griffin, Darrin J.; Bolkan, San; Dahlbach, Barbara J. – Communication Education, 2018
This study reports prolific scholarship trends in communication studies based on individual publication rates in 24 journals from the field for the years 2012-2016. In addition, we summarized data from a subset of journals considered to be most central to our discipline ("Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Communication…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Productivity, Journal Articles, Educational Research
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Ledbetter, Andrew M.; Finn, Amber N. – Communication Education, 2018
In this study, we extend previous work on instructors' use of technology by examining how students' perceptions of teacher credibility and affective experience differ depending on how frequently instructors use two common forms of instructional technology: PowerPoint, which is typically used "inside" the classroom; and email, which is…
Descriptors: Credibility, Electronic Mail, Introductory Courses, College Students
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Thompson, Blair; Rudick, C. Kyle; Kerssen-Griep, Jeff; Golsan, Kathryn – Communication Education, 2018
Navigating contradiction represents an integral part of the teaching process. While educational literature has discussed the paradoxes that teachers experience in the classroom, minimal empirical research has analyzed the strategies teachers employ to address these paradoxes. Using relational dialectics as a theoretical framework for understanding…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Semi Structured Interviews, Grounded Theory
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Gist-Mackey, Angela N.; Wiley, Marissa L.; Erba, Joseph – Communication Education, 2018
The experiences of first-generation college students (FGCS) are marked by high levels of stress and uncertainty as they navigate the transition to college. This study uses the organizational assimilation model to explore FGCS' transition to college by temporally analyzing multiple sources and types of socially supportive communication found in…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Stress Variables, Socialization, Interpersonal Communication
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Sollitto, Michael; Brott, Jan; Cole, Catherine; Gil, Elia; Selim, Heather – Communication Education, 2018
The uncertainty experienced by college students can have serious repercussions for their success and subsequent retention. Drawing parallels between instructional context and organizational context will enrich theory and research about students' experiences of uncertainty in their college courses. Therefore, this study used Uncertainty Management…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Information Seeking
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Calafell, Bernadette Marie; Chuang, Andy Kai-chun – Communication Education, 2018
Omar Swartz and Ware McGuffey's essay, "Migrating Pedagogy in American Universities: Cultivating Moral Imagination and Social Justice," available in this issue of "Communication Education," offers an overview of the current landscape in higher education and, in particular, the challenges immigrant students face, historically…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Immigration, Social Justice, Empathy
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Swartz, Omar; McGuffey, Lucy Ware – Communication Education, 2018
This essay investigates the challenges involved with enacting bell hook's vision of education as the "practice of freedom" in the midst of the current growth of societal inequality for immigrants. Based on their scholarly analysis of the current political and educational setting, and on their experiences, the authors organized the essay…
Descriptors: Immigration, Higher Education, College Students, Moral Values
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Chawla, Devika – Communication Education, 2018
The author recounts her experiences as a South Asian-immigrant teaching public-speaking classes at an American higher education institution. In this paper, she illustrates how she puts to use her immigrant experience by accessing a storytelling mode of teaching and learning rooted in a postcolonial ethos. She humanizes, demystifies, and strives to…
Descriptors: Immigration, Higher Education, Immigrants, College Faculty
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Bolkan, San; Griffin, Darrin J.; Goodboy, Alan K. – Communication Education, 2018
This study was conducted to examine the impact of integrated humor on direct measures of students' ability to retain and transfer information from educational lessons. In two experiments, participants were randomly exposed to either a lesson with humorous examples or standard examples and were subsequently asked to take tests on the material. Data…
Descriptors: Humor, Teaching Methods, Scores, Cognitive Ability
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Tatum, Nicholas T.; Olson, Michele K.; Frey, T. K. – Communication Education, 2018
This study employed Brehm's psychological reactance theory (PRT) to understand why students do or do not choose to follow classroom cell phone policies. Results (N = 750) from this study demonstrate that when instructors discourage cell phone use for noninstructional reasons, students feel their autonomy has been threatened. These perceptions of…
Descriptors: Compliance (Psychology), Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Behavior Problems
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LaBelle, Sara; Johnson, Zac D. – Communication Education, 2018
Three studies were conducted to generate a valid and reliable instrument to measure student-to-student confirmation. Study One (N = 396) sought to establish a factor structure based on previous research. Study Two (N = 396) sought to confirm this factor structure and assess criterion-related validity. Study Three (N = 283) sought to assess…
Descriptors: College Students, Peer Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Measures (Individuals)
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Clark-Gordon, Cathlin V.; Bowman, Nicholas D.; Watts, Evan R.; Banks, Jaime; Knight, Jennifer M. – Communication Education, 2018
Research has established that students often consider the delivery of instructor feedback to be a face-threatening event. To minimize the potential negative effects of feedback, verbal and nonverbal face-threat mitigation (FTM) strategies are utilized by instructors. Advances in digital feedback systems, like online documents and learning…
Descriptors: Cues, Nonverbal Communication, Teacher Student Relationship, Feedback (Response)
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McGeough, Ryan; Rudick, C. Kyle – Communication Education, 2018
In this study, we explore the heuristic decision-making skills of undergraduate students as they incorporate information into their persuasive speeches. We interviewed 26 students enrolled in an introductory communication course to ascertain their information literacy for vetting sources for their public speeches. From their responses, we…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Heuristics, Decision Making, Persuasive Discourse
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Herbeck, Dale A. – Communication Education, 2018
Heated battles over free speech have erupted on college campuses across the United States in recent months. Some of the most prominent incidents involve efforts by students to prevent public appearances by speakers espousing controversial viewpoints. Efforts to silence offensive speakers on college campuses are not new; in these endeavors, one can…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, School Policy, Social Bias, Social Attitudes
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Mazer, Joseph P. – Communication Education, 2018
Discussions surrounding ideology and free speech on college and university campuses continually occur in the popular press. In this forum, Herbeck (see EJ1171161) chronicles several heated clashes over free speech that have recently erupted on campuses across the country, fueling news stories reported through traditional and social media. Issues…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, College Environment, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Ideology
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