ERIC Number: ED253910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Nonverbal Communication Field Trip in Organizational Settings.
Wright, David W.
An effective communication learning experience is the nonverbal communication field trip in organizational settings. Objectives for this activity include defining and describing nonverbal areas such as "proxemics,""chronemics,""objectics,""kinesics,""haptics," and "vocalics," and to observe these areas in an organizational setting. The experience is also an opportunity for students to transfer new knowledge on nonverbal communication to individualized work and living environments. These objectives are accomplished in four stages: (1) a mini-lecture on the six nonverbal communication concepts prior to the field trip; (2) on-site observation for approximately an hour and a half at sites including campus buildings, shopping malls, and business offices; (3) group meetings to compare observations; and (4) extension of knowledge acquired through the field trip into the organizational settings in which the students normally work. This activity can be used in a variety of courses and is appropriate for diverse student populations. It can also serve as a flexible unit in nonacademic training sessions. The exercise sharpens students' observational skills, and exposes them to practical applications of communication theory. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Indianapolis, IN, April 4-6, 1985).