ERIC Number: ED255956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Sociometry and Classroom Seat Selection.
Hufman, Melody; Barbour, Alton
Since attraction and close proxemic distances have been found to be associated throughout the study of nonverbal communication, a study was conducted that hypothesized that attraction would be a more important predictor of seat selection than any other variables. Subjects included students enrolled in introductory speech communication classes who had known one another for three and a half months. Subjects were given a form that asked them to list in order of preference those classmates with whom they wished to engage in two activities: working on a class project and attending a party. Next, subjects were given a seating chart asking them where they would like to sit if they attended a lecture and a class discussion. Subjects were also given a seating chart indicating that they had been assigned to the seat they requested; however, their sociometric choices--their first choice for task attraction and their first choice for social attraction--were identified as having been assigned to sit in a completely opposite section of the room. If the subjects wanted to change their seats based on the information given, they were asked to indicate their new seat preference. Results indicated that attraction had a significant role in the ways students used the space between one another and used such features as rows of chairs to manifest their relations with one another. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Seating Preferences
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Winston-Salem, NC, April 11-14, 1985).