Gender and Cultural in Communication Preferences in Graduate Education: Classroom Discussion, Discussion Boards, Text Chat, or VoIP (Voice) Chat

By:
Dr. Vicki L. Gregory,
Kiersten Cox
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Online distance education provides the opportunity for a more diverse student body in each class. Because of the method(s) of communication in a particular class, gender and cultural differences can lead to a different mix of voluntary communication in the class setting from that of a traditional classroom. Given the hybrid nature of the graduate degree in Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida, a comparison can be made among the same students in class using different methods of class communication. This paper will look at the differences experienced with female students of varying cultural backgrounds in their willingness to participate in class discussion depending upon the type or types of communication media used across the library and information science curriculum.


Keywords: Distance Education, Graduate Education, Online Education, Communication Preferences, Gender Differences, Cultural Differences
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Gender and Cultural Differences in Communication Preferences in Graduate Education


Dr. Vicki L. Gregory

Director and Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida, USA

Before earning her Ph.D. Vicki Gregory worked at Auburn University at Montgomery as the Head of Library Systems and Development. Since beginning her teaching career at the University of South Florida, she has taught a variety of courses in the campus and distance educational programs. In the beginning, the distance courses were taught in traditional classrooms at various sites, and in 1998 she began teaching online. She has published a revised edition of Selecting and Managing Electronic Resources in 2006, a book which is largely derived from her web-based collection development and management class.

Kiersten Cox

Instructor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida, USA


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