ERIC Number: ED198584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Primary Aim of Speech Communication Education: Some Potential Concerns for Members of the Discipline.
Hudson, David D.
Following a brief discussion of the works of the philosopher Jacques Maritain, who viewed the educational process as the art of helping individuals to realize the nature of that which is inherent in them, this paper analyzes the implications of Maritain's views for the discipline of speech communication. The paper suggests that education in speech communication must emerge from a consideration of what the individual is in his or her fundamental nature and must stimulate and direct the individual's natural and inevitable powers of the spoken word so that these powers are developed and perfected. The paper also explores five concerns for members of the discipline: (1) a disregard for the primary end of education, (2) false or ill-defined ideas concerning that end, (3) an overemphasis on the pragmatic aspects of education, (4) an overemphasis on social development and a lack of emphasis on the acquisition of personal autonomy, and (5) an overemphasis on precision and technical specialization. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Maritain (Jacques)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (52nd, San Jose, CA, February 14-17, 1981).