ERIC Number: ED233388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Classroom Communication. The Talking and Writing Series, K-12: Successful Classroom Practices.
Cooper, Pamela J.; Galvin, Kathleen M.
Prepared as part of a series applying recent research in oral and written communication instruction to classroom practice, this booklet reviews research and presents suggestions designed to improve the classroom communication climate. The first section of the booklet describes the process of building a supportive environment to reflect a range of written and oral communication that will enhance learning and self concept. The second section discusses the specific interpersonal competencies teachers need in order to build an interactive classroom, including positive self-concept, self-disclosure, descriptiveness, empathy, appropriate response styles, and behavioral flexibility. The third section examines the various teacher roles of information dispenser, discussion leader, and small-group facilitator, while the fourth describes environmental issues such as furniture arrangement and room decor. The final section reviews a number of barriers to student-teacher interaction, including teacher expectancy, communication apprehension, writing apprehension, and sex role differences. (FL)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Communication Apprehension, Communication Research, Communication Skills, Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Interaction, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Basic Skills Improvement Program.
Authoring Institution: Dingle Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.