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ERIC Number: EJ887870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
House Plans and Communication Flow
Clasen, Patricia
Communication Teacher, v22 n4 p107-110 Oct 2008
This article presents an activity in which students will demonstrate the relationship between the nonverbal concept of space and the flow of verbal communication. Most courses in interpersonal, intercultural, small group, and family communication discuss types of nonverbal communication, including kinesics, haptics, paralanguage, proxemics, and territoriality. While nonverbal communication is a significant element of discussion in many communication courses, the nature of "space" as it impacts interaction often receives less attention. Martin and Nakayama argue that one of the earliest cultural spaces people experience is their home. By examining their ideal house plans, students can visualize their own communication preferences, as well as the cultural assumptions attached to them. This activity demonstrates an intersection of intentional and unintentional consequences of the choices people make regarding preferred space.
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Language: English
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