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Exploration of instructional communication environment: Mediated communication and communication apprehension
Unformatted Document Text:  Mediated instructional communication 4 environment, it is important to understand the impact of writing apprehension on the use of technologies in instructional communication. Fishman (1999) is one of the scholars who noted the significance of writing apprehension. He examined high school student’s use of various computer mediated communication tools in relation to the student’s characteristics including communication apprehension and demographic background. The results indicated that writing apprehension was related to the use of mediated communication tools that were open to a large audience, but was not related to the use of email, which was more for private communication. This study is interesting in that it showed how writing apprehension could be related to the use of computer-mediated communication. The study by Fishman also suggests that email communication could be characterized as personal and private. In fact, people often write an email message as if they were talking. This suggests a potential impact of oral communication apprehension on the use of email. Therefore, it is significant to explore students’ use of media and students’ attitudes toward media in relation to both types of communication apprehension. Importance of Environment/media in Instructional Communication Learning environment has a significant influence on communication between student and instructor. Friedrich et al (1976) argues the importance of understanding learning environment since the space in which teacher-student interactions take place affects the quality of the encounter. According to Friedrich et al, “(i)t is the interrelationship of people with the environment that creates learning and communication situations” (p. 34). This suggests the importance of studying how the characteristics of students or instructors interact with their learning environment.

Authors: Sugiyama, Satomi.
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Mediated instructional communication 4
environment, it is important to understand the impact of writing apprehension on the use
of technologies in instructional communication.
Fishman (1999) is one of the scholars who noted the significance of writing
apprehension. He examined high school student’s use of various computer mediated
communication tools in relation to the student’s characteristics including communication
apprehension and demographic background. The results indicated that writing
apprehension was related to the use of mediated communication tools that were open to a
large audience, but was not related to the use of email, which was more for private
communication. This study is interesting in that it showed how writing apprehension
could be related to the use of computer-mediated communication. The study by Fishman
also suggests that email communication could be characterized as personal and private.
In fact, people often write an email message as if they were talking. This suggests a
potential impact of oral communication apprehension on the use of email. Therefore, it is
significant to explore students’ use of media and students’ attitudes toward media in
relation to both types of communication apprehension.
Importance of Environment/media in Instructional Communication
Learning environment has a significant influence on communication between
student and instructor. Friedrich et al (1976) argues the importance of understanding
learning environment since the space in which teacher-student interactions take place
affects the quality of the encounter. According to Friedrich et al, “(i)t is the
interrelationship of people with the environment that creates learning and communication
situations” (p. 34). This suggests the importance of studying how the characteristics of
students or instructors interact with their learning environment.


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