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Demeanor

The outward physical behavior and appearance of a person.

Demeanor is not merely what someone says but the manner in which it is said. Factors that contribute to an individual's demeanor include tone of voice, facial expressions, gestures, and carriage.

The term demeanor is most often applied to a witness during a trial. Demeanor evidence is quite valuable in shedding light on the credibility of a witness, which is one of the reasons why personal presence at trial is considered to be of paramount importance and has great significance concerning the Hearsay rule. To aid a jury in its determination of whether or not it should believe or disbelieve particular testimony, it should be provided with the opportunity to hear statements directly from a witness in court whenever possible.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Demeanors that the TCs identified as positive included an engaging teaching style practiced by teachers at all levels who cared for, respected, supported, and believed in their students.
The TCs made negative references to teachers whose demeanors were harsh, who were negligent toward students and teaching, and who did not interact with students.
At this point in their learning, however, the models that they named tended to reflect an idealistic belief in progressive teaching, with a value on student-centered pedagogies, constructivist activities, and supportive demeanors and environments.
Demeanor refers to the teacher's classroom disposition and orientation to teaching, such as the positive traits of being motivating, supportive, caring, and having high expectations; and the negative traits of being harsh, negligent, inflexible, and having low expectations.
We consider a teacher's demeanor and the environment she creates to be related, and so review them together.
The TCs from this program attributed 51 out of their 101 positive models to matters of pedagogy, 36 to demeanor, and 14 to environment.
The men hide their finer feelings behind hard-earned shells of steel while the women hide their equally hard-won cores of steel behind soft-spoken demeanors and innocent sensuality.