ERIC Number: ED225216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Intrapersonal Communication and Public Speaking: Treatment of the Concept in Basic Texts.
Nelson, Paul E.; Pearson, Judy C.
A study was conducted to determine the treatment of intrapersonal communication in basic communication course texts published in the last 10 years. Only 29 of the 77 textbooks surveyed covered the topic at all, and many of those treated it in a superficial manner. After being divided into two categories according to subject matter, public speaking texts and hybrid texts, the books were categorized according to the way they explained intrapersonal communication. Most described the concept as a kind of self-communication, self-monitoring, or thinking. Not surprising was the finding that hybrid texts were more likely to include the concept, but very surprising was the fact that pre-1980 textbooks mention the concept more frequently than post-1980 ones. Six books devoted the most space to the concept or used unique approaches: W.D. Brook's "Speech Communication," Zimmerman's, Owen's, and Siebert's "Speech Communication," Myers's and Myers's "Communicating When We Speak," Hopper's and Whitehead's "Communication Concepts and Skills," Loren Reid's "Speaking Well," and Crable's "Using Communication." Tables of results and a list of the texts surveyed are included. (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intrapersonal Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).