ERIC Number: ED345292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Nonverbal Communication and Writing Lab Tutorials.
Writing labs should utilize the knowledge gained from a variety of fields to enhance further their programs, particularly with regard to the study of nonverbal communication. Regardless of the sincerity and importance of the tutor's suggestions, nonverbal messages often are sent to the student which undermine the session. Various channels of teacher nonverbal communication can be constructively analyzed, including "leakage" of low expectations, proximity, use of space, body contact, head-nods, eye contact, appearance and dress. Furthermore, nonverbal communication patterns change radically between cultures and ethnic groups. Teachers might try a variety of strategies by which they might detect and improve these manifestations of nonverbal communication, including videotaping class sessions. Studies have shown that nonverbal cues actually do communicate high and low expectancies of students, suggesting the importance of increasing awareness of this little discussed aspect of teaching. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).