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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Jerry D. Jorgensen


This study's focus is threefold: (1) to investigate the effects of initial uncertainty on interrogation behaviors as an information-seeking strategy by eighth-grade students in order to reduce uncertainty toward their teacher, (2) to examine whether these interrogation strategies of students lead to subsequent reduction of uncertainty, and (3) to determine if the reduction of uncertainty affects the students' reported levels of relational satisfaction with the teacher. In addition, this research explores two peripheral issues concurrently which are secondary to the study's main foci. One issue is the possible existence of gender differences in interrogation strategy selections and uncertainty reduction processes. The other issue pertains to identifying several a priori factors which may contribute to the propensity to engage or not to engage in interrogation activity (e.g., temperament traits).

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Interaction analysis in education
Teacher-student relationships
Uncertainty (Information theory)




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