ERIC Number: ED217989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
What Are the Kids Really Saying?
The importance of students' nonverbal communication in classroom interaction is pointed out in this short essay. Several examples of nonverbal communication are provided in order to illustrate the confusion in classrooms which can result from teachers' lack of understanding of pupils' conscious and unconscious attempts to communicate nonverbally. Dimensions of nonverbal communication discussed include eye contact, intonation, gestures, hand raising, touch, facial expression, posture, grouping, space, and furniture arrangement. It is concluded that teachers should increase their own and their students' conscious reliance on nonverbal communication. Ways of increasing understanding of nonverbal processes in classroom settings are suggested. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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