ERIC Number: ED246513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
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The Status of the Basic Course in Intercultural Communication at U. S. Colleges and Universities.
Beebe, Steven A.; Biggers, Thompson
One hundred thirty-eight college communication departments responded to a survey to assess the status of intercultural communication instruction. The questionnaire was designed to identify the demographic characteristics of institutions that offer introductory courses in intercultural communication, the type of students taking such courses, class assignments, teaching and evaluation methods, and teacher qualifications. The results indicated that the basic intercultural communication course was most likely to be offered at a very small or very large university, with a low minority enrollment. In total, 17.8% of the departments offered at least one course they described as intercultural communication. The course was primarily offered at the junior level, with no prerequisites. Most instructors give at least two examinations during the course and require a term paper and an oral report. The most commonly used teaching method was the lecture, followed by small group participation. Most of the instructors held professional rank and had taught the course less than five semesters. Cultural differences, and their effect on communication, was ranked as the most important course topic. The number of institutions offering such courses has rapidly increased during the last six years, suggesting that intercultural communication may be an important feature of upper-level undergraduate coursework in the future. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (34th, San Francisco, CA, May 24-28, 1984).