ERIC Number: ED056005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Instruction in Nonverbal Communication on Elementary School Teacher Competency and Student Achievement. Final Report.
Strother, David B.; And Others
This study determined if instruction in nonverbal communication would improve teacher competency and student achievement in an elementary education setting. Subjects consisted of teachers and fifth grade students randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. Those in the experimental groups were instructed in nonverbal communication. All groups were tested to determine if the instruction in nonverbal communication produced differential effects. None of the hypotheses advanced were statistically confirmed. Since the hypotheses were firmly grounded in a theoretical perspective, it seemed premature to reject the theoretical base. Consequently, attention was focused on the experimental procedure, and it was determined that there were some areas that could be strengthened. The primary recommendations were that: 1) naive teacher subject be utilized, 2) training sessions in nonverbal communication for teacher and student subjects be extended over a longer period of time, and 3) teacher-student interaction be extended to include several one-hour sessions. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman.