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Contemporary Approaches in Education and Communication

Edited By Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Içbay, Alejandro J. Gallard and S. Lizette Ramos

This book presents a collection of papers written by researchers, teachers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of social sciences. The scientific studies include a wide range of topics from the analysis of social science textbooks to the teacher image in newspapers, the relationship between self-efficacy and cognitive level and the role of organizational silence on the loneliness of academics in work life.

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Chapter I Education and Management

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Baris Uslu and Hasan Arslan Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Education, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey The Predictive Relationship between Organizational Communication and Climate in Universities Abstract: The purpose of this research is to investigate the predictive relationship between communication and climate in universities� The research was designed in a descriptive survey model� The data were collected from 776 faculty from Turkish public universities by using Organizational Communication and Organizational Climate scales� After detect- ing the normal distributions for data set, descriptive, correlation and regression analyses were performed� The perceptions of faculty about communication and climate in their universities were found at a medium level� In addition, there is a strong relation between communication and climate, and organizational communication could explain %65 of faculty’s organizational climate perceptions� According to these findings, the quality of communication is a powerful factor which influences faculty’s perceptions about general atmosphere in their universities� As a result, to generate more favorable atmosphere in their organizations, university managers should operate different formal and informal communication channels to enhance positive collegial interactions among academic staff� Keywords: Higher education, University, Faculty, Organizational communication, Or- ganizational climate Introduction Human beings as a part of community have a special skill to create a better per- sonal understanding of themselves and their environment, to establish harmoni- ous relations with others and to benefit from the knowledge which is mankind’s heritage� This skill is called ‘Human’s Communication Power’ and communication is described as sharing emotions, ideas and information between at least...

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