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Reticence and Communication Preferences in the Classroom: Comparing "E-mail" and "Face-to-face" Interactions
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  • Journal title : International Journal of Contents
  • Volume 10, Issue 2,  2014, pp.18-27
  • Publisher : The Korea Contents Association
  • DOI : 10.5392/IJoC.2014.10.2.018
 Title & Authors
Reticence and Communication Preferences in the Classroom: Comparing "E-mail" and "Face-to-face" Interactions
Ha, Jae-Sik; Shin, Dong-Hee; Lee, Chung Gun;
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 Abstract
This study examines underlying factors that influence undergraduate students' willingness to enhance communication with their instructor by comparing the frequency of e-mail and face-to-face interaction between students and instructors. Data was collected through a survey of 322 undergraduate journalism students at a large Midwestern university. The findings showed that the more passive students were in expressing their opinion during the class, the less likely they were to send e-mails to their instructor (Coef. = -0.180, p < .01) or to communicate with their instructor face-to-face (Coef. = -0.262, p < .01). The findings also showed that the more students described their personality as "shy," the less likely they were to e-mail their instructor (Coef. = -0.157, p < .05) or communicate with their instructor face-to-face (Coef. = -0.210, p < .01). It is noteworthy that the degrees of both passivity and shyness had a more negative effect on the probability of face-to-face interaction than they did on email interaction. In summary, email usage follows similar broader patterns of social interaction, rather than introducing a different trend in communication. This finding implies that the importance of e-mail should not be exaggerated as a communication tool for reticent students.
 Keywords
Personality;Communication Skills;Internet;E-mail;Classroom;
 Language
English
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