Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Abstract

Four hundred and eight undergraduate students participated in this study that examined professor-student email communication, interpersonal relationship and teaching evaluation. Several findings have been gleaned. First, academic task was the most frequent email topic and social-relationship less frequent between professors and students. Second, professors emailed students more frequently than the reverse. Third, professors and students exhibited a higher degree of reciprocity for social-relationship communication than for task emails. Fourth, email communication contributed positively to both professor-student relationship and teaching evaluation. Fifth, professor email helpfulness, reply promptness and email frequency for social-relationship were the most significant predictors of both professor-student relationship and teaching evaluation.

Publication Year

2007

Journal Title

Journal of Educational Computing Research

Volume number

37

Issue number

3

Publisher

SAGE Publications

First Page (page number)

289

Last Page (page number)

306

Referreed

1

DOI

10.2190/EC.37.3.d

ISSN (print)

07356331

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/EC.37.3.d

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