chapter  7
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Teaching Interpersonal Communication

Also like a relationship, specific interactions (classes) can occur within a wider framework of a broader overarching system (the relationship, the course) and are embedded within sets of other structures (the culture as a whole, the teaching culture of the institution, the objectives of the participants in exploration of a romantic relationship or interpersonal communication, or the objectives of the classroom, related as they may be to other courses taught in the department). Just as a personal relationship cannot be entirely eccentric regardless of the cultural context in which it takes place, so, too, a teacher of interpersonal communication must place the subject matter within the experience of the pupils, within the mission of the department, and within the expected norms of pedagogy. The teacher must also confront-and perhaps meet-the expectations held not only by the students, but also by colleagues in the department as a whole.