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Student Classroom Engagement: Rethinking Participation Grades and Student Silence
Meyer, Kevin R.

2009, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ohio University, Communication Studies (Communication).
Student classroom engagement and communication are more complicated than is often assumed. Student silence can be a major concern for instructors who want students to orally participate in class, or who believe that oral participation is necessary for learning. As a result, instructors frequently use participation grades to compel students to speak. At the same time, instructors fail to recognize silent forms of classroom engagement; yet, contemporary communication theory would recognize silence as a form of communicative engagement. Classroom silence is an active form of communicative engagement that signifies more than the mere absence of speech. Few studies to date have explored this topic by including the perspective of students. Importantly, the failure to include student perspectives has tended to neglect an examination of the reasons why some students remain silent in the classroom or the other ways in which they engage with the course content. The present study explored engaged classroom interaction by examining undergraduate and graduate students’ perceptions of student silence and participation grades.
Scott Titsworth, PhD (Committee Chair)
Elizabeth E. Graham, PhD (Committee Member)
Benjamin R. Bates, PhD (Committee Member)
Gordon P. Brooks, PhD (Committee Member)
344 p.

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