ERIC Number: ED200266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Communication Styles in the Classroom.
Armes, Nancy R.
This two-part learning module provides information and several exercises to help classroom instructors understand and improve their personal communication styles. The module first identifies two broad types of communicators: those who think before they talk and those who think while they talk. It then provides a series of exercises to help the instructor assess his/her own verbal tendencies. The module next distinguishes six more specific communicator categories and helps the reader recognize in him/herself characteristics of: (1) the "Organizer," who provides structured, orderly presentations; (2) the "Scholar," who presents material rigorously and thoroughly; (3) the "Dreamer," who communicates through the abstract language of ideas; (4) the "Socializer," who communicates in an informal, non-threatening way; (5) the "Performer," who evinces a dramatic flair; and (6) the "Salesperson," who tries to convince others of the value of an action or idea. The final exercises in Part I ask the reader to develop oral presentations to brief a work supervisor or impress a job interviewer, both of whom have different communication preferences. Part II of the module applies the information covered in Part I to the classroom situation. The six communication styles are evaluated in terms of teaching effectiveness, and suggestions and exercises are provided so that instructors of each type may improve their classroom communication effectiveness. (JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Part of the Media Systems Corporation "Creative Teaching Series."