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  1. Introduction
  2. The Situation
  3. Feminist Theory
  4. Feminist Theory Applied?Verbal Communication
  5. Feminist Theory Applied?Nonverbal Communication
  6. A Final Word About Feminist Theory
  7. Social Learning Theory Applied?Verbal Communication
  8. Social Learning Theory Applied?Nonverbal Communication
  9. Synthesizing the Research
  10. Conclusion

Communication, in its most rudimentary form, has been described as a process whereby a message is sent by one individual and received by another. While this process as described here is quite straightforward overall, the reality is that this process occurs in both a dynamic and mitigated environment, which often has an impact on how the message is delivered and also how it is received. As such, the study of communication requires not only a more integral understanding of the relationship between the sender and the receiver, but also an integral understanding of the environment in which the transmission of information is taking place. Without this critical information, it is not possible to fully comprehend the process of communication.With the realization that communication is such a complex process, it is evident that researchers must extend and expand their frameworks for understanding this process in a more fundamental manner. Using this as a basis for research, this investigation compares and contrasts gendered verbal communication and gendered nonverbal communication. Specifically, this investigation considers these two aspects of communication through the application of two distinct theories of gender: feminist theory and social learning theory. Beginning first with the description of a particular situation in which both gendered verbal and gendered nonverbal communication take place, this research will examine both gendered verbal and nonverbal communication through the lens of feminist and social learning theory.

[...] Specifically, four children, two boys and two girls were watched for 45 minutes. During this time period, the boys and girls played together and separately. At first, the boys and girls were playing together on the swings. After about five minutes on this task, the girls told the boys that they wanted to play in the sandbox. The girls left the swings and went to the sandbox. The boys did not respond, but came to the sandbox within a few minutes. [...]

[...] Girls use verbal and nonverbal communication to establish and demonstrate their non-threatening, diminutive and non- confrontational attitudes toward others. Boys, on the other hand, use their verbal and nonverbal communication as a means to assert their power and establish their dominance. Feminist scholars would also argue that the development of these behaviors is predicated upon the larger context of social hegemony that supports these behaviors. Boys are rarely reprimanded for acting like boys and girls are rarely encouraged to change their behaviors and assert themselves more aggressively. [...]

[...] Feminist Theory Applied?Nonverbal Communication In addition to verbal communication, it is evident that a considerable amount of nonverbal communication also took place between the girls and the boys. Looking at the nonverbal communication of the boys, it becomes evident that the boys physically react differently than the girls overall. For instance, boys are very expressive in their overall body language. They use an open stance and grand arm movements to express their emotions. In addition, the boys also used extreme facial expressions to connote their happiness, anxiety or displeasure. [...]

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