ERIC Number: ED368023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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The Prototypical Features of the Outstanding Professor from the Female and Male Undergraduate Perspective: The Roles of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication.
Smith, Sandi W.; And Others
A study determined the prototypical features of outstanding professors from the undergraduate student perspective (including verbal and nonverbal behaviors of outstanding professors) and whether female students placed different ranks on the prototypical features of the outstanding professors. The prototypical features of outstanding, or ideal, professors from the undergraduate student perspective included the general categories of class, interpersonal, and personal characteristics. Eleven more specific verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors were included in the 24-feature prototype of the outstanding professor generated by the 108 students registered in an upper-division communication class at a large midwestern university. They include: being a good speaker; encouraging interaction; movement; paralinguistics; giving and requesting feedback; going beyond the lecture by providing examples and stories; eye contact; smiling; appearance; use of time; and nonverbal decoding ability. Female and male students differed in the ranks they assigned to both general and specific prototypical features of outstanding professors. Five tables of data are included. (Contains 34 references.) (Authors/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (San Jose, CA, February 23-27, 1994).