Date Approved

7-1-2004

Embargo Period

4-28-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Reading

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

Effective teaching; Nonverbal communication in education

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

Teachers convey nonverbal messages to their class using gestures, body language, tone and physical body placement. Research shows that nonverbal messages can be very powerful tools with students. Research has also shown that nonverbal gestures paired with verbal communication enhance comprehension. This study's purpose is to find evidence that using nonverbal gestures in the classroom improves teacher direction and class attention and understanding. Data analysis shows that particular students benefit from emblems gesture in the classroom setting. Conclusions and implications of this study suggest that nonverbal communication has an influence on the classroom environment; however, further investigation is required.

Share

COinS