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New Research in Communication

February 10, 2016

“The Practical Paradox of Technology: The Influence of Communication Technology Use on Employee Burnout and Engagement,” in Communication Monographs, January 2016, by Claartje L. Ter Hoeven, Ward van Zoonen, and Kathryn L. Fonner.  

Email, mobile phones, and laptops are making it possible for people to make flexible work arrangements. The authors of this study combined insights from organizational paradoxes with a job-demands-resources model to identify how technology use affects employee well-being.

“Student-to-Student Confirmation in the College Classroom: An Initial Investigation of the Dimensions and Outcomes of Students’ Confirming Messages,” in Communication Education, January 2016, by Zac D. Johnson and Sara LaBelle. 

Traditionally, instructional communication research has focused on teacher characteristics, student characteristics, or the interactions between teachers and students, but recent studies have been studying the communicative interactions between students. This study examines “student-to-student confirmation,” the interactional process among students through which they are made to feel valuable and significant. Open-ended surveys reveal that students confirm one another in unique ways based on their classroom relationships.

 “Strategic Invisibility: Resisting the Inhospitable Dwelling Place,” in Review of Communication, December 2015, by Karen Lollar.  

People frequently choose to strategically conceal parts of their identities, locations, or life situations. This study uses Hannah Arendt’s delineation of the public, social, and private spheres to position labor work and action. Lollar studies the strategic invisibility employed by a tenured faculty member, a mentally ill woman, an immigrant family, a group of refugees, a child living in subsidized housing, and a man who lives in a tent by a river.