ERIC Number: ED347586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Instruction: Strategies for Training Teaching Assistants To Incorporate Diverse Perspectives and Communication Styles into the Basic Communication Course.
Araujo, Alice R.; And Others
It is not only possible, but also essential for students to be exposed to, to understand, and to personally experience equity and intercultural concepts and perspectives in the basic communication classroom. Incorporating students' discomfort at exploring equity and diversity into classroom discussions has proven effective in helping them examine the origin of their resistant attitude. Teachers can use the same basic lesson plans as before, and revise them according to new knowledge of multicultural issues by incorporating new examples. Topics and issues of equity can be employed in each of the following units of study covered in most basic communication courses: self-concept, perception, nonverbal communication, intercultural communication, language, listening, and relationships. These issues can be further developed in public speaking units or incorporated into a speaker-audience communication basic course. At the University of Kansas, efforts are being made to provide students with equity education through the incorporation of a culture-oriented approach to interpreting and sharing information. Teachers of basic communication courses can actively encourage their students to critically assess theoretical assumptions learned in view of their own cultural experience. (Twenty-one references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Strategies; Communication Styles; Speech Communication Education; University of Kansas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991). Dot matrix print.