MA (Master of Arts)
Communication and Storytelling Studies
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Christine Anzur, Delanna Reed
This qualitative research study is an exploration of how college students navigate code-switching between their home and academic environments. Data were collected from five participants using interview and small group methods. Through the lenses of Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) and Memorable Messages (MM) frameworks, the researcher explores how key MMs affect how participants coordinate and manage meaning in communications with others in their home and college environments. Findings were fourfold: 1) participants chose between following established and creating new rules when code-switching; 2) participants shared experiences and strategies regarding knowing when and how to code-switch; 3) preparing audiences for information disclosure was a key element of code-switching and 4) there was a need for community and a space of non-judgement for students who experience large differences between their home and academic cultures.
Thesis - unrestricted
Wolven, Travis, "“It’s About the Two Selves”: Experiences in Code-Switching between Home and Academic Environments" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 4155. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/4155
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