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ERIC Number: ED079249
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The Role of Redundancy in the Assessment of the Effectiveness of Teacher Communication.
Levine, Michael M.
Recent events in behavior modification stimulated application of communication theory to teacher behavior and classroom management. For the purposes of this present investigation, it was assumed that criteria of effective communication are highly dependent on the phenomena of redundancy and consistency, which are both of major importance in any discussion of communication. Consistency is related to the behavior of the communicator, while redundancy pertains to the informational contents of the message itself. Redundancy is both necessary and sufficient for the existence of effective communication because its existence implies both the presence of excess information and a shored communication system build up over a period of time. Primary subjects of the observation were three kindergarten teachers. The teachers were given feedback on the first period and were asked to follow these instructions to become more redundant communicators. Results indicated that on a theoretical level communication theory does provide a valuable alternative paradigm to the operant model used in behavior modification studies. On a pragmatic level results indicated that A/O (attending and orientation) behaviors may be somewhat less important than was previously considered. (Tables are appended.) (JA)
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