ERIC Number: ED327882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Research Agenda and the Basic Course in Communication.
Haynes, W. Lance
The college speech communication classroom can serve as a laboratory for rhetorical theory and criticism. Applying the hypothesis of "experimental persuasion" to the study of oral expression, an instructor can promote in his/her students the development of story-telling skills of concrete depiction, dramatic action, the elements of identification, and so on. Using the metaphor of the mind of the speaker as computer, students can learn about the essentials of effective speech communication: (1) subject; (2) audience; (3) style; and (4) persuasive process. A third hypothesis relevant to speech instruction involves rhythm, a neglected concept, especially in its semantic and thematic guises. Through student speeches in class, students and instructors alike can learn lessons about the rhythm of language which would not be detected simply by reading the speeches. The basic communication classroom can contribute enormously to the research programs of its teachers, and such scholarly inquiry makes the class a far more valuable experience for students as well. A shift in society to a greater media orientation may engender greater inquiry and innovation within the basic communication course. (Twenty references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rhetorical Strategies; Rhythm; Speech Communication Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (76th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1990). Best available copy. Contains some broken print.