The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: An Evidence-Based Perspective

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Teachers’ Nonverbal Behavior and its Effects on Students

  • Elisha BabadAffiliated withHebrew University of Jerusalem

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This chapter presents the area of nonverbal (NV) behavior as it relates to teacher-student interaction, particularly in higher education. The first part covers research topics in NV psychology, the repertoire of NV behaviors, and topics of NV research pertinent to teaching. Microteaching is then discussed as a major application in teacher training involving NV behavior. The central part focuses on instructors’ NV behavior and its effects on students. The ‘‘teacher enthusiasm’’ and ‘‘teacher immediacy’’ conceptualizations and research literatures are then discussed, wondering about their alienated isolation from each other, because both deal with the very same phenomenon of the contribution of instructors’ NV enthusiasm to their teaching quality. Research on specifically-measured instructors’ NV behaviors (opposed to global NV conduct as perceived by students) is then presented, demonstrating how thin slices (10 seconds) of teachers’ NV behavior can predict student evaluations, and illuminating the NV profile of effective instructors


Nonverbal (NV) behavior NV psychology teacher enthusiasm teacher immediacy Doctor Fox research instructors’ NV behavior teachers’ NV behavior thin slices research students’ ratings of teaching (SRT) students’ evaluations of teaching (SET) microteaching teacher-student interaction effective teaching micro-analysis NV profile of effective instructors