ERIC Number: ED038369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Teaching is Communicating: Nonverbal Language in the Classroom.
Galloway, Charles M.
Improving the act of teaching in a classroom implies the need to study nonverbal cues and events, for many classroom phenomena serve as communicators of information and tend to either facilitate or inhibit learning. Nonverbal language, a reflection of both cultural and individual differences, includes not only the teacher's facial expressions, postures, gestures, etc., but also the way in which he manages the learning environment--desk arrangement, movement and position in the classroom, allocation of time, and tactics for controlling student behavior. Various classroom observation techniques have been developed to analyze teacher behaviors on a continuum ranging from encouraging to inhibiting communication and to enable teachers to understand and improve their nonverbal behavior and influence. The most important sources of improvement lie, however, in the teacher's continuing openness to, and awareness of, the occurrence and significance of nonverbal events and expressions, i.e., in his "ability and willingness to understand how he has been understood." (Included with this monograph are a variety of outlines and anecdotal illustrations and a 17-item bibliography.) (JES)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Classroom Communication, Classroom Observation Techniques, Communication Skills, Instructional Improvement, Nonverbal Communication, Student Behavior, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Influence
Publication-Sales Section, National Education Association, 1201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (Order No. 867-24482; $1.00)
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Authoring Institution: Association for Student Teaching, Washington, DC.