ERIC Number: ED221896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Acquisition of Nonverbal Attitudes and Behaviors in Schoolchildren, Grades K-12.
Andersen, Peter A.; And Others
An investigation examined teachers' perceptions of nonverbal behaviors of their students within a developmental paradigm. A questionnaire was sent to 901 elementary and secondary school teachers from a 4-state area. It asked teachers to estimate the percentage of students who engaged in 24 nonverbal classroom behaviors of 4 general types: chronemic (time orientation), classroom environment, turn-taking and conversational regulation, and emotional expression and recognition. Results indicated that (1) children were more alert in the morning than later in the day; (2) children in the early primary grades had a clearer understanding of informal time than formal time, while in the later grades that trend was reversed; (3) students at all grade levels preferred colorful classrooms; (4) older children were more competent in pausing in appropriate places when talking; (5) the percentage of students who clearly communicated their emotions to teachers declined with age; (6) students decreased the expressions of emotions through actions with grade level; (7) students reduced their physical expression of anger as they matured with grade level; and (8) by the end of high school, only half of all students were perceived as being able to clearly express or interpret emotions. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).