ERIC Number: ED389378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Gender and Patterns of Communication.
Zaremba, Stacey Beth; Fluck, Sandra Elaine
In fall 1994, students in an interdisciplinary Gender Issues course undertook a project to examine gender and communication patterns through analyses of their own videotaped conversations and to relate their conclusions to findings in the literature. Students read two articles on the distribution of home responsibilities between professionally employed men and women and a comparison of the privileges of being white and of being male. Gender-balanced groups of four to six students were then videotaped while they discussed the articles. Students then read materials on gender differences in verbal and nonverbal communication patterns and analyzed the videotapes of their discussions to assess whether the communication patterns described in the literature applied to the groups. The groups then prepared a 2-5 minute version of their tape, an oral presentation of their findings, and a 1-page written summary. Overall, the communication patterns displayed by students closely matched those of the gender-typical patterns described in the literature, with male students tending to take control of conversations by initiating discussions, talking for longer periods, and using more verbal pauses and hand motions. While students were generally not happy with what they saw on the videotapes, they enjoyed the project and the opportunity to analyze their own and others' communication patterns. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Teaching of Psychology: Ideas and Innovations. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology (9th, Ellenville, NY, March 22-24, 1995); see JC 960 009.