ERIC Number: ED224057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Expanding Educational Horizons in Illinois: The Preparation of Public School Teachers as Effective Communicators.
Parcells, Frank E.; Kleinau, Marvin D.
A survey was conducted to determine the feasibility and availability of inservice communication skills workshops for Illinois elementary and secondary school teachers. Twenty-four college communication department administrators responded to questions regarding the availability of such workshops, and 174 public school district superintendents responded to questions regarding the demand for and feasibility of such inservice workshops. The college administrators indicated that only three departments had offered workshops or seminars on communication skills for public school teachers, but that those three workshops had been well attended by both public school teachers and teacher education students. Fifty-six district superintendents reported that no teachers in their school district had attended workshops on communication skills within the preceding 2 years. While most expressed a willingness to release teachers to attend workshops, they identified several problems with workshops, such as geographical distance, scheduling, and expense. An excellent model for such workshops is that offered by the department of speech at Pennsylvania State University. It is offered with convenient scheduling throughout the Commonwealth. Three courses cover (1) development of communicative behavior in children, (2) use of oral communication in the classroom, and (3) teacher use of interpersonal communication in the classroom. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois; Pennsylvania State University
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association (Peoria, IL, November 1982).