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Student Perceptions of Teachers’ Nonverbal and Verbal Communication: A Comparison of Best and Worst Professors across Six Cultures

Original Content Publication Date: 01/01/2010


This study focuses on students from six different countries and what forms of communication the best and worst teachers have shown.

Key Points

  • Across different cultures, the best professors were perceived to have had the following:
    • More nonverbal expressiveness
      • The best professors use more nonverbal expressivity
    • Relaxed movement
      • The best professors use more relaxed movement
    • In-class conversation
      • The best professors use more in class conversation
    • Out of class communication
      • The best professors were more available outside the classroom

Discussion Questions

  1. How are the best professors percieved to communicate?
  2. Is there anything that you find surprising about what are considered to be the best traits in professors according to students?
  3. Is there anything else you would add to this list?


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