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Dance Model of Communication

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Sarah Tandoc

on 24 November 2013

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Transcript of Dance Model of Communication

A child from the very moment he comes to this world starts communicating.
When a baby is born, the nurse rubs his back to make the child cry.
If the child does not cry, it is an indication of a still born child.
The child actually started communicating from the very first day of his life and has been communicating all through till the present day.
What is a Helix ?
It is a 3-dimensional shape like that of a wire wrapped around a cylinder or cone.
A helix is also similar to a spring that goes forward and can go back to itself.
According to the Helical model of communication, the process of communication evolves from the very birth of an individual and continues till the existing moment.

All living entities start communicating from the very first day of their origin.
Another Example
When seeds are planted, they convey the message to the gardener that they need to be watered daily and should be treated well with fertilizers and manure.
Helical Model of Communication
As the child grows up, he cries whenever he is hungry or expects something from his parents and sometimes simply for his parent’s attention.
When the same child grows up and starts going to school, he soon interacts with his parents, teachers, friends in the form of words.
Let us understand the model with the help of an example
American Communication professor
Proponent of the Helical Model of Communication in 1967
Frank Dance
When a plant emerges from the seed it also starts communicating its need for water, sunlight, manure and fertilizers.
The model believes that communication process is just like a helix which moves forward as well as comes backward and is dependent on the behavior patterns of the past with some modifications and changes.
As the child grows up, he does make slight changes in his past body movements or past pronunciation or facial expressions.

An individual will definitely get less nervous in his teenage days as compared to his childhood days, thus a slight change in his behavior.
This model unlike earlier models doesn't have any literal features or elements therefore it's an abstract model.

However, the main representation of this model using the helix symbolizes the dynamics of human communication.
Difference with other models
Real Life Situation
An individual in his elementary classes learns to pronounce a particular word or react to a particular situation.
The fear of the child when suddenly the light goes off at night resulting in a complete blackout is present in his younger days as well as when he grows up.
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