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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Saechou, Tiwa
Author's Email Address tsaech1@lsu.edu
URN etd-07112005-203920
Title Verbal and Nonverbal Immediacy: Sex Differences and International Teaching Assistants
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Communication Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Renee Edwards Committee Chair
Andrew King Committee Member
Loretta Pecchioni Committee Member
Rita Culross Committee Member
Susan Weinstein Dean's Representative
  • international teaching assistants
Date of Defense 2005-06-30
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation explains theory and research concerning international teaching assistants, intercultural communication, nonverbal and verbal immediacy, cognitive, affective, and behavioral learning, and sex differences. One research question and five hypotheses were tested via MANOVA and correlation tests. Six hundred and seven undergraduate students completed instruments measuring verbal and nonverbal immediacy, and cognitive, affective, and behavioral learning. Results supported the research question and three of the five hypotheses. Specifically, U.S. Teaching Assistants used more nonverbal immediacy than International Teaching Assistants. Studentsí attitudes toward International Teaching Assistants correlated with studentsí learning. Studentsí perceptions of ITAs and USTAs on verbal and nonverbal immediacy positively correlated to studentsí learning.
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