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Communication for the Classroom Teacher

Communication for the Classroom Teacher - 7th edition

Communication for the Classroom Teacher - 7th edition

ISBN13: 9780205359554

ISBN10: 0205359558

Communication for the Classroom Teacher by Pamela J. Cooper and Cheri Simonds - ISBN 9780205359554
Edition: 7TH 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
International: No
Communication for the Classroom Teacher by Pamela J. Cooper and Cheri Simonds - ISBN 9780205359554

ISBN13: 9780205359554

ISBN10: 0205359558

Edition: 7TH 03

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This text provides prospective and current teachers with the skills and knowledge to understand, and improve their own communication behavior as well as their students'.

By combining theory and practical advice, this text focuses on the reasons for using certain communication strategies and how to implement them. Communication for the Classroom Teacher covers a wide range of classroom communication issues, including interpersonal and small group communication; listening skills; verbal and nonverbal communication (from both the teacher's and student's perspective); instructional strategies such as lecturing, discussions, and storytelling; teacher influence; ethical considerations; and racism/sexism in the classroom.


  • Reviews major research from both education and communication, helping students see how research findings can be made practical and how research can influence teachers.
  • Includes numerous examples interspersed throughout, helping students see theory "in action."
  • Features "Journal Assignments" at the end of each chapter, providing thought-provoking and creative ideas to help students apply the text discussion to their own situations and to become better teachers.
  • Discusses an expanded range of cultural and ethical issues.
  • Highlights updated resources and research.

New To This Edition:

  • Includes more extensive coverage of technology's influence on communication in the classroom, including e-mail and video/multimedia presentations, in order to address the needs students will face as they enter their own classrooms as teachers.
  • Illustrates different cultural influences on classroom communication, including a new chapter focusing on sexism and racism issues in the classroom.
  • Focuses more attention on communication ethics, including the NCA creed and case studies, to draw students' attention to this core topic.
  • Features "Future Reference" boxes (user-friendly practical applications of theory) in every chapter, which help students see how the material can be put to use in their own classrooms.

Author Bio

Cooper, Pamela J. : Northwestern University

Simonds, Cheri J. : Illinois State University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Most chapters open with "Objectives" and "Introduction" and close with "In Sum," "Activities," and "Further Reading."



1. Foundations of Classroom Communication.

Communication: Definition and Components.
The Nature of Communication.
The Socialization Model.
Classroom Communication Climate.
Cultural Diversity.
Students with Special Needs.

2. Interpersonal Communication.

Relationship Development.
Communication Variables in Interpersonal Relationships.
Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Electronic Communication.

3. Listening.

What Is Listening?
The Importance of Listening.
Types of Listening.
Barriers to Effective Listening.
Improving Listening Skills.
Active Listening.

4. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication.

Shared Language and Meaning.
General Semantics.
Nonverbal Communication.
Functions of Nonverbal Communication in the Classroom.
Categories of Nonverbal Communication.
Improving Nonverbal Communication.


5. Sharing Information.

The Lecture.
Variables Affecting Information Processing.
Teacher Communication Apprehension.
Preparing a Lecture.
Delivering the Lecture.
Evaluating Your Lecture Skills.

6. Leading Classroom Discussions.

Planning the Discussion.
Characteristics of the Discussion Method.
The Role of the Student.
Student Communication Apprehension.
Evaluating Your Discussion Skills.

7. Small Group Communication.

Definition of a Small Group.
Teacher Concerns.
Student Concerns.
Observing and Evaluating Small Groups.

8. Communicative Reading and Storytelling.

What Is Communicative Reading?
Preparing the Selection.
Delivering the Selection.
Storytelling Techniques.


9. Influence.

Ethical Considerations.
Issues of Influence.
Practical Suggestions.

10. Sexism and Racism in the Classroom.

Sexism in the Classroom.
Racism in the Classroom.
Appendix A: Systematic Observation.
Appendix B: Instruments for Systematic Observation.