The Impact of Modality on Teacher-Student Interaction: Applying Efficacy and Competence to Email and Face-to-Face Communication

By Kimberly A. Parker and Bobi Ivanov.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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The current study extends previous instructional communication research related to teacher-student interactions both inside and outside the classroom. In particular, previous explorations of college student in-class and out-of-class participation and student’s motives are used to provide a theoretical framework. The primary goal is to determine the extent to which individual students’ differences, related to communication competence and communication self-efficacy, can be used to determine student preferred modality (e.g., face-to-face or email) for communicating with teachers. A 2 (self-efficacy: high and low) X 2 (communication competence: high and low) between-subjects factorial design revealed that the main effects for both self-efficacy and communication competence is bound by communication modality. Additional results, limitations, and future directions are discussed.

Keywords: Student Motives, Email, Instructional Communication, Student Perceptions

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 21, Issue 1, December 2014, pp.7-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 9, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 794.502KB)).

Kimberly A. Parker

Director of iNET, School of Journalism & Telecommunications, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Bobi Ivanov

Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Telecommunications, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA