Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Communication Studies and Theatre
engineering education, engineering students, immediacy, instructional communication, motivation, self-determination
Instructor immediacy is an essential characteristic of effective instructors. Although instructional communication has done extensive research on the impact of immediacy behaviors on students, there is little available research observing immediacy behaviors as predictors of motivation on engineering students. As a result, this study examined the impact of engineering instructors’ use of immediacy behaviors on engineering students’ motivation. The results indicated that verbal immediacy predicted engineering student motivation. The thematic analysis revealed that when students perceived their instructors as helpful, students’ motivation to learn and ask more questions increased. The thematic analysis also observed that when instructors seemed unapproachable, students were less likely to engage with them. These findings present valuable insight for engineering educators on how their immediacy behaviors can both positively and negative affect student motivation and possible retention.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Engineering -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Communication in education.
Motivation in education.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 74-86)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 2017 Andrea N. Barahona Guerrero
Barahona Guerrero, Andrea N., "Exploring the Relationship Between Immediacy Behaviors and Student Motivation in Engineering Classrooms: Immediacy as a Cause of Motivation" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1212.