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ERIC Number: ED253912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Paideia Proposal: Implications & Challenges for Communication Instruction.
Socha, Thomas Joseph
Iowa Journal of Speech Communication, v17 n1 p35-44 Spr 1985
Drawing from Mortimer J. Adler's "The Paideia Proposal" and from related publications, this paper identifies aspects of the proposal that relate to basic communication instruction. The first part of the paper summarizes "The Paideia Proposal," pointing out the major points in each of its four sections, which concern schooling the people, the essentials of public schooling, teaching methods and learning, and higher and continuing education and earning a living. The second part of the paper concentrates on points raised in the third section of the proposal, discussing the role of the teacher as lecturer, as coach, and as Socrates. The third part looks at the implications of the proposal for communication instruction, concluding that implementing the proposal in the public schools would mean (1) making formal instruction in speech communication a part of elementary as well as secondary programs; (2) including listening as a formal subject of basic instruction; (3) encouraging students to use their acquired knowledge of communication to produce speeches and writings beyond the text; (4) having students write and speak more often, and teachers listen and read more; and (5) balancing the speech curriculum. The final part of the paper discusses challenges presented to speech communication educators by the proposal. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adler (Mortimer J); Paideia Proposal