Perceptions of Teachers' Disclosures on Facebook and their Impact on Credibility

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2014-01-01
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Strayhorn, Justin
Davidson Tillson, Lou
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Coffelt, Tina
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The Department of English seeks to provide all university students with the skills of effective communication and critical thinking, as well as imparting knowledge of literature, creative writing, linguistics, speech and technical communication to students within and outside of the department.

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The Department of English and Speech was formed in 1939 from the merger of the Department of English and the Department of Public Speaking. In 1971 its name changed to the Department of English.

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This study examines the perceptions of 83 college students about their university professors who are Facebook friends. The relevance and valence of disclosures were compared between disclosures made in the classroom and those made on Facebook and were found to be significantly different. Students’ perceptions of teacher credibility were shown to decrease as relevance of disclosures increased and as negativity increased.

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This article is published as Coffelt, T. A., Strayhorn, J., & Tillson, L. D. (2014). Perceptions of teachers’ disclosures on Facebook and their impact on credibility. Kentucky Journal of Communication, 33, 25-43. Posted with permission.

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