ERIC Number: ED120275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Non-verbal Behavior Cross-Cultural Contact, and the Urban Classroom Teacher.
Grove, Cornelius Lee
Equal Opportunity Review, P1-6 Feb 1976
The anthropologist sees specific human non-verbal behavior as the medium through which relationships are maintained, regulated, and guided within culturally prescribed patterns. The spoken language, the use of space, eye-contact, smiling, and the use of the hand constitute unique patterns of behavior that are culturally specific and have wide variations cross-culturally. Cross cultural interferences in communication are largely the result of mistaken assignment of meaning. Some of the most perplexing cross cultural misunderstandings can occur when two people's patterns exhibit highly overt similarity and in fact have a significant number of identical forms and associated meanings, yet differ on more subtle levels. Included in the educational implications of cross cultural non-verbal problems is the level of detail that is required for the study of children from distinct cultures in different contexts. When considering what can be done for the urban classroom teacher, some of the answers may lie in equipping them with knowledge about the children's culture and with empathy. It is also important that teachers attempt to make up for gaps in knowledge by developing an open sensitive mind that actively impedes the formation of ethnocentric value judgments. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Body Language, Classroom Communication, Communication Problems, Communication Skills, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Culture Conflict, Ethnic Groups, Minority Group Children, Minority Group Teachers, Nonverbal Communication, Sociocultural Patterns, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role, Urban Schools, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.