According to Joseph De Vito (1994) interpersonal communication is
where you interact with others, learn about the and about yourself and
reveal yourself to others. It is through interpersonal communication that
you establish, maintain (and sometimes destroy) your personal relationship
with other people (p.5). Communications refers to the act, by one or more
persons, of sending and receiving messages that can be distorted by noise,
occur within a context, have some effect and provide some opportunity for
The communication context is useful for teachers to consider because
it relates to the environment that the communication may take place in; the
cultural context of the communication (in this case the school rules); the
social-psychological context, which is the relationship between teacher and
student; and the temporal or time context, (the time of day) the
communication may take place. These can all affect both the way a message
is delivered and received, and therefore can have differing feedbacks
according to variables in the context.
The ideal model of communication can be seen as a circular structure.
The communicator wants to express a message, whether i
Bearing in mind that messages canoften be of a non-verbal type, even when having a discussion, care has tobe taken that the response is not missed if it is not of a verbal kind. Promoting Civility In The Classroom James Kauffman and Harold Burbach completed a study in 1997 "Oncreating a climate of classroom civility. Firstly civility is something that is lacking in our society, and thatbrings down the level of respect teachers were traditionally accorded inschool. More specifically they contend that a"a major source ofviolence in schools in an interpersonal dysfunction that may begin with anunintended social blunder between students" (p. ) Different teaching approaches indicated differingresponses to classroom activities, and a varying degree in responsiveness. And a teacher that is not respected will not be listened to. This increase in the lack of respect seen in student's today alsoaffects a teacher's own perception of their students and their position inthe community. When you can capture a child's attention,and encourage them to learn, you as a teacher are providing them with avaluable skill they will carry with them for the rest of their life. Children have a natural curiosity and even the most difficultof student would be hard-pressed to ignore an interesting lesson plan(although heshe may not provide much feedback on the issue). Communicationis the basic key to learning, and if a teacher is not able to communicatewith their students, then they are not filling the basic requirement forteachers a"" to encourage their students to learn. " The article was written to helpteachers understand some of the common trigger mechanisms in youth violenceand present guidelines for inducing a higher level of civility in theclassroom. Achild will more readily listen to something they perceive as interesting ordifferent. According to Eble (1988) good teachers are knowledgeable, organized, andpossess certain personal qualities and attitudes considered useful forworking with students. Because there is likely to be age, cultural and generationaldifferences between the teacher and the student, effective communicationneeds to be worked at on both sides of the equation. Ifteachers are going to build stronger bonds with their students in a societythat is producing more adult-wary children, they are going to have toestablish themselves as people of integrity who are honest and consistentin their dealings with students (Brendtro Long, 1995, 53).