ERIC Number: ED337841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Oral Communication Across the Curriculum: A Report of Data.
Mason, Gail; Hogg, Mary
The goal of the Speaking Across the Curriculum movement is to increase oral communication competencies at the college and university level. Much of what has been implemented within Writing Across the Curriculum can be applied to Speaking Across the Curriculum. A study examined students' opinions of a proposed Speaking Center at Eastern Illinois University. Subjects, 1,000 students representing a stratified sample, responded to a 36-item questionnaire designed to answer the following questions: Are students in favor of the Speaking Center concept? How should the Speaking Center be designed? Results indicated that: (1) students believed oral communication experiences were beneficial to their learning in the classroom and that more courses outside the speech communication discipline should have some oral presentation component; (2) students thought that having a Speaking Center available for students in all academic departments was a good idea; (3) students would use the Speaking Center on a voluntary basis; (4) staffing of the Speaking Center was not of concern to the students; (5) much of the Speaking Center's focus should be on speech anxiety and class presentations; and (6) students exhibited a strong preference for one-on-one help. Findings favor the continued pursuit of the proposed Speaking Center project. (Two appendixes of data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Eastern Illinois University; Speaking across the Curriculum; Student Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 1991). Portions of materials in the appendixes may not be completely legible.