JSS  Vol.3 No.6 , June 2015
Identifying Techniques for Encouraging Compassionate Communication: Supporting Behaviour for International Primary School Students in Shanghai, China
ABSTRACT

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, 3, 50-56. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.36011.
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