ERIC Number: ED427378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Communicating with Touch in the Teacher/Student Relationship.
Frymier, Ann Bainbridge; Mongeau, Paul A.
Touch is an important and powerful form of communication that is often avoided for fear of negative interpretations. However, touch has also been associated with positive relational and educational outcomes. In this study, descriptions of touch that occurred between teachers and undergraduate students were elicited from students and then sorted using S. E. Jones' (1994) categories of touch. Additionally, the relational messages (J.K. Burgoon & J.L. Hale, 1987) and attitudes toward the teacher and course associated with the different types of touch were examined. Findings suggest that touch plays an important role in developing close professional relationships such as between teacher and student. Contains 21 references and 3 tables of data. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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