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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Arts (MA)
Communication Studies and Theatre
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
Uncertainty (Information theory)
South Dakota State University
Henjum, William, "Acquiring Interpersonal Information in the Classroom: Uncertainty Reduction Through the Use of the Interrogation Behaviors of Eighth-Grade Students Toward Their Teacher" (1991). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5486.