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Specific to Education

  1. From the University of Waterloo (in Canada) an excellent list of barriers to effective communication in schools and strategies to overcome them.  
  2. Audio version of the tip sheet in the previous entry (12 minutes long).  
  3. Key tips for communication among educators. 

Realms of Communication

The coming of electronic technologies across the previous century (telephones, radio, television, cable, computers, cell phones, the Internet) has expanded the nature of communication. As you think about this issue, you can check out Wikipedia entries for the main branches of “communication”: 

  1. Mass communication (advertising, broadcasting, journalism, public relations) 
  2. Cross-cultural communication (as with ELs: this article gives you a bigger picture) 
  3. Languages of the United States (fascinating!) 
  4. Group dynamics (the forces that shape communication in groups—like instructional teams) 
  5. Body language (non-verbal and often unconscious)  
  6. Intrapersonal communication (talking to yourself internally)  

Module: Communication and Collaboration

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