This past week I was asked by the Fulbright Commission in Washington, D.C. if I could send them some pictures for their website of me in the classroom with students. So, I went to my advanced level Theories of Communication class on Tuesday, March 8th, with camera in hand. It was not hard to find volunteers to take “action shots” during our class.
You can see that on this bright, sunny afternoon, the classroom is full and the students are engaged. Even though the university has a policy to not take attendance in the classroom, the students are never absent. I must say that it makes teaching all the more enjoyable!
Here I am talking about Petronio’s (1991) Communication Privacy Management Theory.
We had quite a discussion about the “decision-making criteria for developing privacy rules.” In other words, what are the criteria that determine when a person feels comfortable enough to communicate private information with another? The debate centered around whether or not the risk-benefit ratio or cultural norms were more influential in privacy disclosure. The students eventually determined that risk-benefit ratios were dependent on cultural norms.
My very visible satisfaction with the caliber of the students’ argumentation skills:
And of course at the end of the class there were students who wanted to pose for some photos with their professor!! Having an instructor from the United States is a real treat for them!