In this assignment, you will explore the role of nonverbal communication in interactions between genders.
Using the Argosy University online library resources and the Internet, research the differences in nonverbal communication between genders.
Once you have an understanding, observe a small group of people, which can be comprised of friends, family, or a group of strangers. The small group should have three to six people and be composed of both male and female members. Observe the group for 15–30 minutes, looking for the types of interactions taking place and how each person uses nonverbal communication to make oneself understood. Pay special attention to nonverbal signals and gestures (body language, facial expressions, eye contact, hand gestures, space, tone, appearance, etc.).
** Understand when doing your observations that you must protect the privacy of the people you observe. Anything you discover as part of your observation that does not relate directly to the objective of the assignment needs to be kept confidential. There are three different roles that you, as the observer, may have as defined below (Patton, 1986). In your paper, please discuss the type of observation you did and what you learned from that aspect.
- Full participant observation: You took part in the conversation and were part of the “observation.”
- Partial observation: You were sometimes part of the conversation, but mostly stayed on the outer edge of it.
- Onlooker: You were an outsider and simply observed another group’s interactions. (this is recommended for the assignment)