TITLE

University Student Attitudes Toward Foreign Instructors

AUTHOR(S)
Thweatt, Tatyana S.
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
North Dakota Journal of Speech & Theatre;Sep2003, Vol. 16, p35
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
To better understand the significance of student-teacher background differences, this study examined student attitudes toward foreign-born instructors in a Midwestern University and their effects on communication competence. Dillman's (2000) multiple contact survey methodology was applied. The self-administered Web-based survey measured university students' current attitudes toward foreign instructors. The overall model of multiple regression served first to predict the student attitudes, and then to predict communication competence while examining the independent contributions of each variable to communication competence derived from the analysis of the four sets of independent variables. Student openness to diversity and challenge was found to be a significant predictor of student attitudes and, consequently, of communication competence even when controlling for student backgrounds, experiences, and attitudes.
ACCESSION #
23872276

 

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