Analyse Theories of Communication

Sarah Frith

Unit 2: LO 2.1 and 2.2 Understand the application of theories, principles and models of communication in education and training

Analyse theories, principles and models of communication and explain ways in which theories, principles and models of communication can be applied to teaching, learning and assessment.

The role of the teacher is to impart learning, skills and knowledge. In order to successfully do this the teacher must be able to effectively communicate with the learners and facilitate the flow of clear information and good communication within the learning environment.

As humans, we will communicate with each other or groups for a number of reasons. We may need to convey messages or information, to receive information or understanding in return, update others, obtain feedback, seek clarity or to solve problems, acquire things, express feelings, influence, dissuade or to build and strengthen relationships. It can be one-way or two-way and in some instances, we can be unaware that we are even communicating at all.

                                                                                              (Appleyard and Appleyard, 2010)

In order to do all of the above we will adopt various forms of communication such as interpersonal communication or group communication. Interpersonal communication concerns the interactions we have with other individuals and group communication, obviously concerns communication with others, (more than one).

This all sounds very straightforward, however, as people we are far from straightforward, nor are our environments and the control we will have within them. We are all unique and each possess our own beliefs, values and knowledge, dependent upon experience, upbringing, education.   personal circumstance, to name a few. We will therefore, interact with others in a variety of ways. There may be times when our communication with others will encounter difficulties, where we are...