Assessing the role of peer relationships in the small group communication course

Scott A. Myers, Stephanie Shimotsu, Kerry Byrnes, Brandi N. Frisby, James Durbin, Brianna N. Loy

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Based on the typology posited by Kram and Isabella (1985) that identifies three peer relationships present in organizations (i.e., information, collegial, and special), this assessment examined the association between students' perceptions of their in-class group members and six group outcomes (i.e., grouphate, cohesion, relational satisfaction, consensus, affective learning, and cognitive learning). Participants included 248 undergraduate students enrolled in two sections of an introductory small group communication course. Results revealed that students who rated group members to be information peers, rather than collegial peers or special peers, reported higher levels of grouphate and lower levels of cohesion, relational satisfaction, consensus, and cognitive learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-57
Number of pages15
JournalCommunication Teacher
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Grouphate
  • Peer relationships
  • Small group communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication


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