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ERIC Number: EJ888814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Walking the Walk: Understanding Nonverbal Communication through Walking
Harper, Vernon B., Jr.
Communication Teacher, v20 n3 p61-64 Jul 2006
Nonverbal communication is fundamental to any comprehensive examination of human interaction. This article presents an activity that can be easily applied by any instructor as a starting point for a discussion of nonverbal communication, or as a demonstration of learning points previously discussed. Instructors should have a slight background in the theoretical perspectives of nonverbal communication in order to debrief and process the activity properly. In the activity, students essentially attempt to "walk" in a particularly expressive fashion, while other students guess at the type of walk being performed. In doing so, the activity demonstrates the variety of inferences people can draw in reference to walking behaviors. This particular activity is applicable in a variety of classroom situations, and its assessment can take the form of informal questioning of the student participants. [A list of references and suggested readings is included.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A