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ERIC Number: ED535488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Who Is Controlling the Interaction? The Effect of Nonverbal Mirroring on Teacher-Student Rapport
Jiang-yuan, Zhou; Wei, Guo
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 7 p662-669 2012
This study investigated the effect of nonverbal mirroring on teacher-student rapport in one-on-one interactions. Nonverbal mirroring refers to the unconscious mimicry of the postures, mannerisms, facial expressions, and other behaviors of one's interaction partner in social interactions. In a within-subjects paradigm, students had four interactions with a teacher under two conditions: one condition paired with the teacher's mirroring behaviors and the other with teacher's non-mirroring behaviors. Analyses of teacher's mirroring behaviors in interactions and students' self-rating surveys demonstrated significant increase in students' perception of rapport in the mirroring condition. Four nonverbal mirroring behaviors were significantly correlated with rapport variables. Results provide practical implications for teachers in using nonverbal mirroring as an effective teaching tool to build teacher-student rapport. (Contains 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China (Beijing)