Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Summer 2007

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communication Studies


Carol Haggard


This current study was designed to investigate student perceptions of teacher immediacy in United States and Chinese college classrooms, and the relationship between teacher immediacy behaviors and student affective learning. A total number of 218 college students participated in this research by responding to instruments that measured teacher immediacy and student affective learning. The results indicated that U.S. students perceived a higher amount of nonverbal teacher immediacy than Chinese student s; but there is no significant different percept ion of verbal immediacy between the two samples. Correlations revealed a positive relationship between teacher verbal and nonverbal immediacy behaviors and student affective learning in both U.S. and Chinese college classrooms.


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