Techniques for encouraging compassionate
communication were created by Melissa Arnesen- Trunzo in 2012 in response to
providing younger learners with the skills needed to communicate and support
positive behavior in the classroom. The techniques developed support young
learners with where they are cognitively and respect cultural and language
differences found in international classrooms. Combining ideas developed for
Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg and using David Kolb’s
Experiential Learning Theory, techniques were designed to support young
learners with their cognitive and social needs. The techniques used allow young
learners to develop awareness of their actions and words when conflicts arise
in the classroom. Cards, role- plays, drawings, discussions, and reflections
are some of the techniques that were used when a conflict occurred. The
techniques are still being explored, but can be adapted for whole groups, small
groups, and individual learners. These techniques have been used to bolster
positive behavior in the classroom, active communication among peers, and limit
teacher involvement; allowing learners to take an active role in communicating
their feelings and needs.
Cite this paper
Arnesen-Trunzo, M. (2015) Identifying Techniques for Encouraging Compassionate Communication: Supporting Behaviour for International Primary School Students in Shanghai, China. Open Journal of Social Sciences
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