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George, Ashley Joiner – Communication Teacher, 2013
This article describes an activity whose objective is for students to gain self-awareness related to the ways in which humans (consciously or not) alter their self-presentation depending upon the context, thereby maintaining different "faces." Also, this activity aims to highlight effectiveness related to different modes of nonverbal…
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Class Activities, Group Activities
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Kaufmann, Renee; Frisby, Brandi N. – Communication Teacher, 2013
The need for students to become connected in the classroom parallels the need for students to become socially integrated into the college community. Because technological tools are always changing, the opportunity for all students on- and off-campus to ''meet'' face-to-face and build relationships within the classroom are…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Group Activities, Cooperative Learning, Online Courses
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Considine, Jennifer R. – Communication Teacher, 2013
This article describes an activity in which upon completion of this semester-long project, students should be able to: analyze and reflect upon their own communication behaviors in a group setting, and explain the importance of examining actual communication practices as opposed to retrospective self-report of communication practices. This project…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Audio Equipment, Communications, Web Sites
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Morrow, Jennifer Ann; Kelly, Stephanie; Skolits, Gary – Communication Teacher, 2013
Understanding and conducting research is a complex, integral skill that needs to be mastered by both undergraduate and graduate students. Yet many students are reluctant and often somewhat apprehensive about undertaking research and understanding the underlying statistical methods used to evaluate research (Dauphinee, Schau, & Stevens, 1997).…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Student Research, Research Methodology
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Myers, Scott A. – Communication Teacher, 2012
The purpose of this assessment was to examine whether differences exist between students who self-select their classroom work group members and students who are randomly assigned to their classroom work groups in terms of their use of organizational citizenship behaviors with their work group members; their commitment to, trust in, and relational…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Trust (Psychology), Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning
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Sjoberg, Lisa M.; Ahlfeldt, Stephanie L. – Communication Teacher, 2010
Information literacy programs focus on teaching students how to conduct effective research. Perhaps even more important is that they teach students how to critically evaluate the information they find. Engaging students in a significant information literacy unit helps them realize the value of the research process and the limitations of relying…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Research Skills, Introductory Courses, Public Speaking
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Lynch, Christopher O. – Communication Teacher, 2010
This article presents a classroom activity that introduces students to the concept of themed space. Students learn to think critically about the spaces they encounter on a regular basis by analyzing existing spaces and by working in groups to create their own themed space. This exercise gives students the chance to see the relevance of critical…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Rhetoric, Critical Thinking, Facilities
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Byrnes, Kerry; Myers, Scott A. – Communication Teacher, 2010
Arguably one of the most basic forms of communication, giving and receiving affectionate communication, can promote health. It can trigger hormones that regulate stress, is positively associated with mental health and inversely associated with depression, and can quicken recovery from stressful events. Thus, affectionate communication can enhance…
Descriptors: Psychological Needs, Interpersonal Communication, Group Activities, Students
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Alexander, Alicia; Reynard, Leslie – Communication Teacher, 2008
Students find it relatively simple to memorize rote definitions of concepts comprising various communication theories, but a disconnect often occurs in consciously applying those concepts to their "real world" experiences. However, the ability to apply that knowledge practically requires a more advanced form of learning. Additionally, linking a…
Descriptors: Theories, Communication (Thought Transfer), Learning Activities, Group Activities
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Bodie, Graham D. – Communication Teacher, 2008
Although textbooks are filled with practical communication advice, many students overlook the importance of basing practical advice about communication on quality research. This oversight is important for two reasons. First, given the explosion of self-help remedies focused on communication, students should learn to distinguish between…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Learning Activities, Communication Research, Training
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Burns, Amy Capwell – Communication Teacher, 2007
The objective of the exercise described here is to teach students about group formation using group concepts and theory. It also provides a unique way to form work groups for class projects. Students will become more aware of the reasons people join groups, the benefits groups provide for them, and an understanding of how groups are formed. The…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Group Activities, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning
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Zhang, Shuangyue; Merolla, Andy J. – Communication Teacher, 2007
One of the major purposes of many intercultural communication textbooks is to help students recognize, accept, and appreciate cultural differences. However, one often lacks the necessary motivation to get to know and learn about individuals of a different cultural heritage. Thus, misunderstanding, stereotyping, prejudice, or even racism may…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Friendship, Cultural Differences
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Jones, John A. – Communication Teacher, 2007
Students, including advanced students, often lack the knowledge, confidence, and experience to participate effectively in competitive, bartering, or conflict situations. The concept that influencing skills are not limited to those in authority and can be learned comprises the framework for this teaching activity. The credible and adaptable…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interprofessional Relationship, Influences, Individual Power
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Rivers, Mary – Communication Teacher, 2006
This article offers an activity which hopes to illustrate the variety of ways that the media are able to manipulate not just information but also societal understandings of critical issues and events and to connect disparate media and time periods via an activity extended over several weeks. The topic for which this series of activities was…
Descriptors: Mass Media Effects, Learning Activities, Newspapers, Photography
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McBride, M. Chad – Communication Teacher, 2006
Group cohesiveness is a topic addressed in most small group communication texts and courses and is often defined as the degree of attraction members feel towards one another, the degree of loyalty within a group, or the "groupness" felt among members. Further, groups which are cohesive tend to be happier and more productive. When working on…
Descriptors: Assignments, Group Unity, Ethics, Group Dynamics
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