This qualitative dissertation study examined how students conceptualized community, and how they connected their use of communication technologies to specific aspects of community life. The data derived from a series of interviews with 11 undergraduates at a large research university in the Northwest. Results show that diversity can play a much stronger role in creating a sense of community than previously indicated in the literature; community was felt most strongly within student sub-communities, principally due to the diversity of the student population. Within sub-communities students used a variety of modes to manage their roles in the communication. However, face-to-face communication was still central to conversations revolving around serious matters, and this suggests a strong and continuing role for face-to-face communication in student development.This theme results from an examination of University programs, how students made friends, whether they recognized familiar ... In these smaller sub- communities, students could make new friends and feel more comfortable, and each of theseanbsp;...
|Title||:||College Community and Computer-mediated Communication: The Student Voice|
|Author||:||Thomas Cady Aldrich|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|