Do teacher behaviors impact student learning


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Do teacher behaviors impact student learning

  1. 1. Do teacher behaviors impact student learning?<br />
  2. 2. The research says, “ Yes!”smilingvocal expressivenessmovement about the roomrelaxed body positionresult in increased cognitive and affective learning<br />
  3. 3. It is not easy to prescribe warmth and class cohesiveness; these are abstract concepts. The research, however, can tell teachers that the correlation has been documented.Non-verbal immediacy is a high inference quality linked to increased learning. Verbal immediacy is a low inference quality linked to increased learning.<br />
  4. 4. Immediacy<br />Closeness, connectedness, mutuality, a sense of “I’m here for you” <br />It assumes that one is in touch with his/her ‘heart and soul’ and is attempting to reach that of someone else.<br />It is what we see in the quintessential great teachers as depicted in such movies as “Stand and Deliver” or “Mr. Holland’s Opus” or “Lean on Me.”<br />
  5. 5. In the Gorham study (n=397), undergrads were asked to think of the best teachers they have ever had and to list the specific likable behaviors of those teachers.<br />Their list included:<br />Vocal expressiveness<br />Never seeks to put a student on the spot<br />Asks questions that have more than one answer<br />Does not point out faults or criticize<br />…says ‘my class’ not the class; says “our assignments instead of ‘your assignments’; what ‘we’ are doing, not what ‘you’ are doing.<br />
  6. 6. In this study, cognitive learning was assessed via student perceptions. Of course these can be confounded by a teacher affect toward the student.<br />Similarly though, a test , as assessment can be confounded by extraneous conditions such as <br /> attendance, writing skills, participation, preparation, motivation…..<br />
  7. 7. So let’s talk…<br />Look at the immediacy behavior items on the table<br />Which ones do you observe in college faculty here?<br />Which ones do you believe you display?<br />Would your students agree?<br />Will you try to employ some of these behaviors?<br />Which ones are not so easy or comfortable?<br />How will you know if employing these is making a difference with your students?<br />
  8. 8. Based on the research of Joan Gorham, Ed.D. Northern Illinois University<br />Gorham J. 1988. “The relationship between verbal teacher immediacy behaviors and student learning. “ Communication Education, 37, 40-53.<br />