Culture and perceptions of power in teacher-student communication

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dc.contributor.author Erpestad, Mikko
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-28T06:45:44Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-28T06:45:44Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011112811736 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/37011
dc.description.abstract The objective of this study was to find out if national culture impacts the phenomenon of power as it is found in teacher-student communication at the University of Jyväskylä. The study is pertinent and relevant because of the increasingly rapid internationalization that is happening in the Finnish higher education system. Understanding aspects of intercultural teacher-student communication will be important for the future. A qualitative research process was chosen for this study and the data was collected by conducting in-depth interviews with 10 international students. They were asked about their experiences, perceptions and feelings while communicating with Finnish professors. Analysis and interpretation of the data indicated that the cultural background of students did impact their expectancies and interpretation regarding teacher power. They experienced expectancy violations with respect to the unanticipated informality of Finnish professors characterized by informal methods of address, friendliness and an apparent lack of authority. The results were analyzed primarily by using Hofstede’s and Schwartz’s cultural dimensions, face negotiation theory and politeness theory by Brown & Levinson and Scollon & Scollon and with Expectancy Violations Theory by Burgoon. The overall conclusion is that the cultural differences between Finnish professors and international students do have an impact on power in teacher-student communication. Expectancy violations of this power led to negative feelings of frustration, disappointment and lack of motivation in the respondents. On the other hand, some of the respondents indicated that they also felt more comfortable with the Finnish system and their expectations had changed.
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject.other teacher-student
dc.subject.other power
dc.subject.other expectancy violations
dc.subject.other intercultural communication
dc.title Culture and perceptions of power in teacher-student communication
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011112811736
dc.subject.ysa opettaja-oppilassuhde
dc.subject.ysa kulttuurienvälinen viestintä
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master’s thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Humanistinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Faculty of Humanities en
dc.contributor.laitos Viestintätieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Communication en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication en
dc.contributor.oppiaine Intercultural Communication (maisteriohjelma) fi
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