ERIC Number: ED238070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Rationale for Developing Communication Training Programs: Issues and Resources for Curriculum Development.
Curtis, Dan B.; Beebe, Steven A.
A number of studies consistently identify the importance of communication skills, both oral and written, as vital to employability. Speech communication departments, however, have been slow either in responding to industry's needs or in informing students of the high correlation between communication skills and employability. Some of the possible obstacles to restructuring the curriculum to include a communication training course or program are (1) instructors' doubts about their ability to develop and teach the courses, (2) the assumption that training techniques are only a fad, and (3) the belief that concern with the nonacademic career relevance of education will not enrich the discipline's scholarly and educational activities. Broadening the scope of traditional approaches to speech education curricula can produce students who are better able to meet the need for communication education in business and industry. The focus of the traditional speech methods courses could be expanded to include units on conducting seminars, workshops, and comprehensive training programs. In addition, existing courses in organizational communication could be expanded to include a unit on training and development. Emphasis could be placed on topics unique to human resource training. By thus changing the curricula, the communication educator can become more prevalent in industry. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).