Date of Award

1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Jacqueline Waggoner

Abstract

Research in the area of communication can be very challenging and difficult. How we communicate is an evolving process, that changes along with the most minuscule advances or shifts in human thinking or behaving. With each shift, we discover that there is much more to learn about the process of communication.

This study looks at one, very important aspect of communication. It study aims to gain insights into the communication process of rapport, and more specifically, rapport between students and between students and teachers. It is of great benefit to teachers and parents because it addresses the issue of how we· gain and maintain rapport with students, which can have enormous impact on the quality of a child's'education.

A second grade classroom was observed in the following areas of communication: 1) The general establishment of rapport in the classroom; 2) Second graders' development or rapport with one another; 3) Students' matching of each other's primary modes of communication in developing rapport with one another; 4) The teacher's establishment of rapport with students; and 5) The teacher's and students' matching of each other's primary modes of communication in developing rapport with one another.

My hope is that readers will find this information useful for use in their own lives arid as a resource for communication strategies in the classroom and in general.

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