Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Janice Wood

Second Advisor

Dr. William Herrold, Jr.

Third Advisor

Dr. Donna Keenan


The purpose of this study was to find out if practicing primary teachers use nonverbal communication (NVC) effectively in class management. Eighty University of North Florida graduate students who had taught Kindergarten, first, second or third grade were surveyed during the Summer 1985 Term with a self-reporting questionnaire developed as part of this project. It was found that the majority of these teachers reported that they usually use NYC in their classrooms. It was concluded that they could benefit from strategies and activities to use NYC more effectively and extensively. Since four competencies that beginning teachers need to demonstrate in their intern year can be partially satisfied using NYC, the recommendation is made that more emphasis on NYC be made on the undergraduate and graduate levels in teacher-training classes.

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