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Date of Award

3-6-2015

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

School of Communication

First Advisor

Kevin R. Meyer

Abstract

Self-disclosure in the classroom can prove to be a complicated decision for some instructors. More specifically, choosing to disclose one's sexual orientation is a difficult decision. For instance, instructors may suspect that disclosure of their sexual orientation might affect students' perceptions and behaviors. The present study will investigate whether instructor disclosure of sexual orientation (bisexual disclosed, homosexual disclosed, bisexual not disclosed, homosexual not disclosed) affected their self-reported levels of immediacy, reports of student challenge behaviors, out-of-class communication with students, and end-of-term course evaluations compared to instructors who did not disclose sexual orientation.

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Waznis_ilstu_0092N_10457.pdf

Page Count

92

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