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ERIC Number: EJ891564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Movie Magic: A Gateway to Higher Classroom Immediacy
Kelly, Stephanie
Communication Teacher, v24 n3 p127-130 Jul 2010
For over 30 years, instructional communication scholars have investigated the relationships between instructors' communicative behaviors and students' affective/cognitive learning, as well as student classroom motivation. More specifically, perceived teacher immediacy is positively related to student learning and motivation. Albert Mehrabian first conceptualized immediacy as any communicative behavior that brings people a greater sense of closeness either physically or psychologically. For instructors, one such communicative behavior is the use of personal examples or experiences. This article presents an activity which is aimed at students setting their own goals for the semester based on a concrete example of teacher expectations. In this activity, the instructor begins by showing a favorite movie speech and then critiques it in the form of an informative speech. After the instructor models the speech critique presentation, each student does one. Sharing a personal example of what the instructor deems to be cinematic excellence begins the class with a display of instructional immediacy while simultaneously giving the students an example to follow.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A