ERIC Number: ED350643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Communication Laboratory as a Resource for the Student At-Risk: Research and Program Development at the Center for Excellence in Oral Communication.
Morreale, Sherwyn; And Others
Noting that one model for providing programs and individualized support to at-risk students is the oral communication laboratory, this paper describes the research and development of pilot programs within the laboratory setting for students at-risk at a four-year academic institution. The paper begins with a brief review of literature, a description of the communication laboratory at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, how the lab was funded, and the approach taken to assessing the communication needs of students at risk. The results of that needs assessment are outlined in the paper, and a description of Individual Assistance Programs (IAPs) developed by Communication Department faculty and staff in response to the needs survey is presented. Next, the paper reports the results of pre- and post-assessment of at-risk students who completed a basic public speaking course and compares the results of students not at risk. The paper presents single case scenarios of at-risk students who have used the lab and the IAPs, as well as the results of students' evaluations of laboratory programs. The paper concludes with a discussion of future directions for the University's communication laboratory as a resource for the student at risk. (Six tables of data are included; 21 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (78th, Chicago, IL, October 29-November 1, 1992).