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Ethnographic Study1

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Ethnographic Study1

  1. 1. My Ethnographic Study by, Colleen O’Mara
  2. 2. Communication Education
  3. 6. Uncertainty Reduction Theory <ul><li>Anxiety in a situation or environment due to level of uncertainty </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertainty must be reduced in order to feel at ease and more comfortable in that new environment or situation </li></ul>
  4. 7. <ul><li>Elementary School </li></ul><ul><li>told me their life stories </li></ul><ul><li>wanted to know all about me </li></ul><ul><li>extremely talkative </li></ul><ul><li>opened up quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Middle School </li></ul><ul><li>quite and shy </li></ul><ul><li>did not acknowledge me </li></ul><ul><li>talkative to each other, but not with teachers </li></ul><ul><li>slowly opened up </li></ul>
  5. 8. I was the foreigner!
  6. 9. By teaching a lesson, I was able to: <ul><li>Self-disclose! </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to and get to know the students! </li></ul><ul><li>The students were able to self-disclose and open up to me! </li></ul>
  7. 10. Emphatic Listening <ul><li>putting your own judgements and prejudices aside to listen to others’ ideas, thoughts, and opinions </li></ul>
  8. 11. Identities & Nexting <ul><li>Middle schoolers want to find themselves and identify with others like them. </li></ul><ul><li>This age group thinks a lot about what committing a certain action or behavior will mean for their relationships with their peers. </li></ul>
  9. 13. Cliques Self-Esteem
  10. 14. Spiral of Silence Theory <ul><li>Not voicing thoughts and opinions for fear of being judged or not accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Feel at bottom of “hierarchy” </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the crowd even if you do not agree </li></ul>
  11. 15. Negatives of Letting Students Choose Their Own Groups <ul><li>Students will always be working with the same students </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New ideas & strategies will never be shared </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Students who are not chosen as part of a group will feel left out constantly </li></ul>
  12. 16. As I became more comfortable in the middle school, the middle schoolers became more comfortable around me!

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