Social and academic communicative adaptability of first year freshmen students

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2011-05
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Every year, hundreds of students attend college for the first time. Freshmen college students are faced with new challenges and opportunities that they have never faced. Upon leaving home and attending college, students must learn to communicatively show adaptability in both social and academic environments. This study focuses on man and women freshmen students and how they differ in their communicative adaptability. To more completely understand freshmen students, quantitative data was gathered from different students in the fall semester and in the spring semester. The participants filled out the Communicative Adaptability Scale twice-once focusing on academic environments, and once focusing on social environments. Results showed that freshmen men are more comfortable displaying communicative adaptability in academic environments, while freshmen women are more comfortable in social situations. There is no difference of whether men or women are more able to adapt to college; however, the results of this study indicate the different environments each prefers to display communicative adaptability. Students in the fall semester reported being more confident in their communicative adaptability behaviors. Students in the fall also reported being significantly more confident in their ability to graduate from college than students in the spring. The results from this study have the potential to influence reform in preparation instruments colleges use to prepare incoming freshmen students. Also, this study establishes a basis for future research examining differences in freshmen men and women’s communicative adaptability. In addition this study highlights the importance and further development of freshmen adaptability tools accessible to freshmen students, their parents, and college faculty and staff.

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Freshmen, Communicative adaptability
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