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Communication in the Classroom

EDU 386W

Communication in the Classroom

EDU 386W

Course Description

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor to register. Focuses on identifying, describing, and then explaining communication between students and between students and instructor. Explores aspects of verbal and nonverbal communication such as impact of voice, facial expression, body language, body movement, and physical proximity. Includes research highlighting the impact of an instructor’s communication repertoire on student success. Requires completion of a project focused on development of improved/refined communication strategies for instruction. Credit may be earned in ED 386 or EDU 386 but not both. (30-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Apply effective communication principles to teaching and learning.

Objectives:

  • Develop shared language and meaning within the classroom setting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of perception and its impact on classroom communication.
  • Effectively facilitate group communication in the classroom.

Examine management strategies for conflict in the classroom.

Objectives:

  • Identify the needs of parties involved in a conflict situation.
  • Develop effective management strategies for numerous classroom situations.

Demonstrate effective listening skills as a teacher, in and out of the classroom.

Objectives:

  • Recognize individual listening habits and work to improve active listening skills.
  • Identify types of and barriers to listening.

Examine the role that nonverbal communication plays in the classroom setting.

Objectives:

  • Assess the importance of nonverbal communication in the classroom.
  • Identify the functions of nonverbal communication in the classroom.

Develop a project focused on awareness and improvement of one’s classroom communication skills.

Objectives:

  • Identify an aspect of verbal and/or non-verbal communication in one’s own teaching for reflection and development.
  • Collaborate with instructors and peers to design a focused project.
  • Set goals for future application of refined techniques in classroom communication.