ERIC Number: ED255951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Speech: Its Present Status and Its Future Prospect.
Minnick, Wayne C.
Journal of the Oklahoma Speech-Theatre-Communication Association, n7 p1-19 Fall 1984
To determine whether speech communication is a true academic subject, it is necessary to note the three traits that characterize a true academic subject: (1) a curriculum designed to promote knowledge and understanding rather than manual or practical skills; (2) a logically integrated series of courses that begin at the elementary school level and continue through college; and (3) a body of knowledge of its own that springs from the investigative and research functions of its scholars. In speech, practical skills are emphasized at the elementary and secondary school levels, but at the college level, this emphasis is sometimes made at the expense of knowledge and understanding. Speech communication does have a body of knowledge springing from the investigative and research function of its scholars--a traditional one, originating with Aristotle and coming down through Cicero, Quintilian, and others--and it is in need of earnest revitalization efforts. But as quantitative scholars are questioning some of the precepts that the profession holds sacred, the profession can no longer make ideas acceptable in the academic world by referring to historical tradition or unsystematic observations. The profession needs new confirmation procedures. Such new procedures will, undoubtedly, come from these quantitative scholars, who will help revitalize the profession.(HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aristotle; Professional Concerns; Quantitative Research
Note: Transcript of the keynote speech presented at the meeting of the Oklahoma Speech Association, 1967.