ERIC Number: ED156627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-28
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior as Indices of Teacher Expectancy.
Pietras, Thomas P.
The implications of a teacher's language behavior, both verbal and nonverbal, are explored. These means of communication indicate not only the teacher's academic expectancy concerning students but also social and behavioral judgments. Verbal messages are usually explicit and deal with the content of the conversation, but children can be adept at interpreting a teacher's verbal behavior in terms of approval or disapproval. More subtle, but equally important, is the nonverbal component of language behavior. Facial expression, gestures, posture, and body movements, which reveal a teacher's attitudes, feelings, and state of mind, are continuously observed and assessed by students. It is hypothesized that if teachers learn to selfmonitor their verbal and nonverbal responses to students they can control any adverse effects their expectancy may have upon individual students. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)