ERIC Number: ED390091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Student to Student Intercultural Interviews: Conversational Space, Gestures, and Listening.
Ostermeier, Terry H.
A study investigated the extent to which American university student interviewers perceived differences in certain nonverbal cues (conversational space and hand gestures) in interviews with persons from another culture and whether the American students perceived such observations affected their ability to listen to the interviewee. Subjects were 103 pairs of students with the interviewees representing 39 countries from the areas of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Results indicated: (1) variations in the perceptions of the American interviewers based in both the type of nonverbal cue (conversational space or hand gestures) and on the different area of the world of the interviewee; (2) that it may be either more difficult or easier to listen depending on the type of nonverbal cue or the cultural area of the world on the interviewee; and (3) where there is a negative impact on listening due to different interpretations of a nonverbal cue, it may occur because the interviewer perceives something is directed at him/her personally or at what he/she said. (Contains 12 references. A nonverbal communication questionnaire is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Listening Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Indianapolis, IN, April 19-23, 1995).