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James C. McCroskey, Virginia P. Richmond & Linda L. McCroskey

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 22: Nonverbal Communication in Instructional Contexts

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Nonverbal Communication in Instructional Contexts
Nonverbal communication in instructional contexts

Instructional communication is the area of communication theory and research that centers attention on the role of communication in teaching and training contexts. It focuses on communication in the instructional environment and assesses its effects on cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning of students and trainees. Instructional communication examines applications of general theories of communication to the instructional environment as well as generates theory applicable specifically to the instructional environment. Whereas this area considers applications of instructional communication theory in any content area, it is also concerned with applications of instructional communication to instruction in communication (commonly referred to as “speech education” or “communication education”).

This chapter focuses on the relationship between nonverbal communication research and instructional communication ...

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