ERIC Number: ED374209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
A Comparative Analysis of Adult Learning Styles and Interpersonal Communication Techniques.
Edwards, Patricia M.
A study examined the effectiveness of preservice and inservice training in selected interpersonal communication techniques as a way of improving adult educators' ability to communicate with students with a variety of learning styles. The literature on adult learner characteristics and practice, learning style, and concepts and components of interpersonal communication was reviewed to determine the extent to which interpersonal communication techniques facilitate the practice of adult education principles and ways in which individual learning style affects the effectiveness of interpersonal communication techniques. Selected interpersonal communication techniques were analyzed from the standpoint of their appropriateness with adult learners in view of the principles of adult learning. It was concluded that adult educators would definitely benefit from preservice and inservice training in interpersonal communication techniques. The following interpersonal communication techniques were found to be especially effective with adult learners: perception checking, behavioral descriptions, "I" language, paraphrasing, active listening, confirming, win-win negotiating, empathetic communication, nondefensive response, sending change messages, and intercultural communication. (Contains 52 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Education Field Project, Western Washington University.