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ERIC Number: EJ888798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Increasing Understanding of Routine/Everyday Interaction in Relationships
Schmidt, Jacqueline; Uecker, Deborrah
Communication Teacher, v21 n4 p112-117 Oct 2007
Most communication texts analyze relationships by focusing on the big moments such as conflicts, crises, break-ups, major transitions, or initial meetings. Perhaps because everyday communication is so common, it often has been ignored for study and analysis. Yet because these seemingly undramatic interactions form the basis for relationships, understanding them is critical. Routine/everyday communication is the ordinary interaction that occurs between coworkers, friends, acquaintances, or intimates on a daily basis. A clear distinction is made between "small talk" and everyday talk. Small talk, the kind of talk that occurs at a party or on a train, may happen only once. The receiver need not be someone known. It fills time, and though it may lead to deeper levels of communication, it most often does not. Everyday talk consists of a variety of communication behaviors between people who have ongoing relationships. These behaviors may be greetings, sharing information, or just catching up on the day's events. This type of talk serves to define and guide their relationships, structures time, sets the tone and signifies the importance of the relationship, affirms and challenges their identities, and constructs shared meaning. This article presents two methods instructors can use within their existing courses that will develop student awareness of routine/everyday interaction. These two assignments work well in several courses. In the interpersonal course they can be used when discussing conversation, relationship development, friends, family, work relationships. In the intercultural class, these activities are helpful when discussing differences in verbal and nonverbal and relationships. They are also effective in discussing relationships in the Family communication course. The activities may be used together or separately depending on the time the instructor has available. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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