ERIC Number: EJ1029446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Development of a Tool to Evaluate Lecturers' Verbal Repertoire in Action
van der Rijst, R. M.; Visser-Wijnveen, G. J.; Verloop, N.; van Driel, J. H.
Teaching in Higher Education, v19 n6 p657-670 2014
A broad communicative repertoire can help university lecturers to motivate and engage diverse student populations. The aim of this study is to develop and explore the usefulness and validity of a tool to identify patterns in lecturers' verbal repertoire. Speech act theory is presented as a framework to study lecturers' verbal communication during teaching. A description of the tool and the analysis of verbal actions are presented. In order to explore the validity, patterns of 12 university lecturers' verbal actions during instruction were examined. Characteristic speech act sequences were identified, similar sequences were clustered and associations with other teaching behaviours were explored to analyse the construct validity. We explain the instrument in detail to assist future use and we discuss to what extent it can provide ways to reflect on lecturers' verbal repertoire in action.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Academic Discourse, College Students, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement, Speech Acts, Discourse Analysis, Verbal Communication, Teacher Behavior, Construct Validity, Measures (Individuals), College Instruction, Teaching Styles, Interviews, Linguistic Theory, Classification, Interrater Reliability, Questionnaires
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A