ERIC Number: ED184165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Communication Competence: Implications for Communication Instruction in Higher Education.
Moore, Michael R.
Noting that a review of communication competence literature focusing on instructional practice reveals an absence of attempts to apply this research to instruction in higher education, this paper provides a synthesis of the research and discusses its implications for instructional goals and practices in higher education. It presents a review of the current perspectives of communication competence, notes their strengths and weaknesses, and offers a reconceptualization. The reconceptualization suggests that the primary focus of instruction should be not on how students communicate but on how they think about and respond to their communication. The paper concludes that communication instruction that focuses on developing specific outcome behaviors prepares students for effective functioning in a static world while instruction that focuses on developing communication competence prepares students for effective functioning in a changing world. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Indiana Speech Association Fall Conference (Indianapolis, IN, October 25-26, 1979).