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Men's and Women's Oral Communication in Technical/Scientific Fields: Results of a Study

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In 1993 and again in 1994, a national survey of women in technical and scientific fields was conducted that included a study of women's interpersonal communication styles. This article looks specifically at women's use of tentative language, interruptions, and collaborative approaches. Results of the 1994 survey appeared to parallel those of the initial 1993 survey. Results of the 1993 and 1994 studies of women in scientific/technical communities seem to indicate the men and women are adopting androgynous language patterns. Men as well as women appear to use tentative language; many women appear to regard interruption as a convention of business communication, as do men; and both men and women appear to use collaborative approaches when working in a team environment.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: 1995-08-01

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