ERIC Number: ED207102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Communication Practices in the Educational Environment in the United States.
Ishii, Satoshi; And Others
The communication practices and training in communication activities of classroom teachers in Hawaii were examined by surveying 370 elementary, intermediate, and secondary school teachers in Hawaii. The results supported the claims that the classroom constitutes an ongoing communication event composed of varied speech activities and that the teachers engage in a variety of speech activities in the typical school week. The data revealed that the teachers devoted a mean number of 38.4 hours per week to oral activities, focusing particularly on lecturing, giving instructions, making assignments, asking/answering questions, conducting class discussions, and appraising student performances. A majority of the teachers acknowledged training in these six oral activities and little or no training in the other six activities that were surveyed. A good share of those who took a college speech course had taken a general course in the basics open to all undergraduates but not a course specifically designed for teacher trainees. The conclusion reached from these results was that a significantly large population of practicing classroom teachers in Hawaii have had little or no training in the oral communication theory and skills needed for classroom use. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Current English (Nagoya, Japan, October 3-4, 1981).