An analysis of teachers’ verbal communication within the college classroom: Use of humor, self-disclosure, and narratives

Valerie C. Downs, Manoochehr Mitch Javidi, Jon F. Nussbaum

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Abstract

The purpose of these investigations was to provide normative data regarding the use of certain verbal behaviors manifested by college teachers. Results of Study One indicated that usage of humor, self-disclosure, and narratives by fifty-seven college teachers was frequently relevant to course content and utilized to clarify course material. Results of Study Two suggested that award winning teachers utilized these same verbal behaviors also in relation to course content and clarification of course material. Post-hoc comparative analyses of the results for Study One and Study Two indicated that significant differences in the average use of humor, self-disclosure, and narratives existed between the two groups. However, results of Aspin-Welch t-tests also indicated no significant differences between the two groups of teachers in relation to the purpose in the use of these verbal behaviors (e. g. relevant to course content; clarification of course material). Implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-141
Number of pages15
JournalCommunication Education
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics

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