ERIC Number: ED360657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring the Impact of Parenthood on the Role of Communication Teacher.
Sellnow, Deanna D.
A study examined the positive effects that being a parent may have on communication teachers. Three major advantages that parenthood gives teachers (self-disclosure, use of humor, and the incorporation of games and activities) were considered. Several informal interviews with communication instructors who raise children were conducted. One hundred college students of various majors who were enrolled in communication courses taught by those instructors completed surveys concerning whether such strategies enhanced the teaching and learning experience. Results indicated that: (1) self-disclosure was an effective means by which teachers may foster affinity with students, link course content to actual life experience, and help to reduce communication apprehension; (2) 76% of students said they liked teacher to use self disclosure; (3) humor, like self-disclosure, fostered a warm communication climate and increased teacher approachability; (4) 97% of the students liked teachers' attempts at humor in the classroom; (5) because of parental experiences, the breadth and depth of games, simulations, and activities used in the classroom increased; and (6) 78% of the students liked the incorporation of games and activities into the classroom. Findings support the use of self-disclosure, humor, and games and activities as affinity-seeking strategies to improve teacher-student relationships. (Contains 75 references.) (RS)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Class Activities, Classroom Communication, College Faculty, Communication Research, Higher Education, Humor, Parenting Skills, Parents, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Speech Communication, Speech Instruction, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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