ERIC Number: ED248546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Moving beyond the Person: Broadening Communication Competence to Competent Communication.
Daly, John A.
Communication competency research and theory would benefit from a conceptualization that emphasizes competent communication rather than competent communicators. Such a conceptualization recognizes that competent communication is inherently both contextually bound and necessarily dependent upon the particular combination of people involved in an exchange. Important to emphasizing the role of the situation in competent communication is the identification of both the major underlying contextual dimensions of social encounters and the situation and characteristics of the other interactants. Certain sorts of people mesh best in some settings. Some contextual dimensions enhance the meshing; others detract from it. Competency assessments of communication, if they are to be made, then would need to be empirically derived standards for situations using a typology of both contextual dimensions and person by person interactions. Competence is not an individual level variable--rather it is a dyadic construct framed within some context. Therefore it is essentially meaningless to talk of a competent communicator; instead one needs to address what it is that makes for competent communication. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Situational Context
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).