|dc.description.abstract||Conservation, phenology and ethnobotany of some lowland species of the genus
sansevierla thunb: case of Taita Taveta and Malindi districts, Kenya
This study centres on non-verbal communication in three to five year old children in
urban settings where the children acquire more than two languages.
The main objectives of the study include: To identify the non-verbal cues that children
use. To determine or establish the frequency of use of the non-verbal behaviour. To find
out if 'three to five year old children recognize and interpret non-verbal cues. To
determine the relationship between the age of the children and non-verbal cues.
Two theories and a model are used in conducting this research. Kinesics theory, is a
theory that was proposed by Birdwhistell (1970) and he believed that body motion
communication is systematic, asocially learned and communicative in behaviour unless
proven otherwise. The second theory used is the theory of semiotics which talks about
the study of signs. It was proposed by Pierce et al (1914). Finally, there was transactional
model of communication which sees communication as a simultaneous process. The main
proponent was Barnlunds (1970).
The study was carried out in Embakasi division in Nairobi East district in Nairobi. The•
informants will be nine and they were purposively sampled in a multilingual setting.
The data was collected using a video-recorder as the main instrument together with
observation and photographs. Data was collected and analysed quantitatively and
qualitatively. The researcher used descriptions and spearman's correlation co-efficient to
analyse the data.||