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ERIC Number: EJ911543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
"What Are You Doing Friday Night?": Introducing Students to Face Management and Perception
Vaughn, Mary
Communication Teacher, v25 n1 p29-31 Jan 2011
Students tend to perceive that direct communication is best. In class discussion, they've overwhelmingly conveyed their feeling that people should say what they mean and be as direct and precise as possible. Initially, they don't tend to recognize that the perception of directness is relative. What some consider clear, others consider rude. What some consider polite, others consider confusing. Moreover, there are good reasons for people to be indirect. This activity introduces students to the relative nature of directness and some reasons for using indirect communication. It also brings to light students' use of face-management strategies in their own communication and impresses upon them the need for perception checking. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A