Considered to be a unique area of study rooted in thetripartite field of research conducted among educationalpsychology, pedagogy, and communication studies scholars(Mottet &Beebe,2006).This tripartite field focuses on thelearner (how students learn affectively, behaviorally, andcognitively), the instructor (the skills and strategies necessaryfor effective instruction), and the meaning exchanged in theverbal, nonverbal, and mediated messages between andamong instructors and students. As such, the study ofinstructional communication centers on the study of thecommunicative factors in the teaching-learning process thatoccur across grade levels ( K–12, post-secondary),instructional settings ( the classroom, the organization),andsubject matter (Friedrich, 1989; Staton, 1989). SCOTT A. MYER
The investigation of the role of communicationin the teaching of all subjects at all levels.This entails teacher characteristics (clarity andimmediacy), student characteristics (learningstyles), instructional methods, the pedagogy ofcommunication in general, and student-teacher relationships. It is an applied contextbecause it may be studied from aninterpersonal communication perspective or amass communication perspective. SPRAGUE (1992)
INSTRUCTIONAL COMMUNICATION - research encompasses much wider concerns than teachingspeech communicationVANGELISTI, DALY, & FRIEDRICH (1999) State that:The Field of communication was founded because of a felt needto make people better communicators. That meant teachingthem how to communicate more effectively, whether in publicsettings or in private.We study Instructional Communication for educators to beaware of better ways to facilitate learning, allows for theeducation of students to become more effective and efficient.Instructional Communication studied through Major Variablesand Major Theories.
Major Variables: Teacher StudentsRelationships between and among teachers and students Gender Immediacy Clarity Power Empowerment Teaching methods
Major Variables: Learning styles SocializationTeacher and student misbehaviors Evaluations Assessing learning Humor Roles Metaphors
Major Theories: (Six Categories) Teacher characteristics Student characteristics Teaching strategiesSpeech criticism and student evaluation Speech content Speech communication program