ERIC Number: ED166745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Status of Speech Communcation in High Schools in the State of Washington: A Comparison with Michigan in 1976 and Washington in 1966.
Nyquist, Jody L.
Principals from 246 high schools in Washington state responded to a questionnaire survey of the speech communication programs offered in that state's secondary schools. The 85-item questionnaire elicited information on the basic course offerings, advanced courses, extracurricular speech communication activities, and the training and experience of those teaching the courses. The results were compared to a 1975-1976 Michigan state study to assess differences and similarities in the two states' programs and to a 1966 Washington state study to identify growth or deterioration of programs. The findings indicated that the status of speech communication programs in Washington high schools was better than it had been in 1966 and compared favorably with Michigan in terms of basic and advanced courses and extracurricular activities. In Washington, however, speech communication programs were being taught by teachers not trained in speech communication. The majority of those teaching the courses did not hold undergraduate degrees in speech communication, were not enrolled in speech communication departments for graduate work, and were not active in speech communication professional organizations. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan; Washington
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)