ERIC Number: ED366039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Using the Hearst Text: Fundamentals of Parliamentary Law and Procedure, Second Edition: The Rules for Deliberative Assemblies. The National Parliamentary Project.
Horrigan, Joan E.
The instructor of a course entitled "Leadership in Meetings" used as a textbook of "Fundamentals of Parliamentary Law and Procedure, Second Edition: The Rules for Deliberative Assemblies," sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Despite a strong endorsement of the text, the instructor had some reservations. For example, although the inclusion of answers at the end of the book is a popular feature for students, its instructional value is questionable. The stated purpose of the course was to offer students a greater awareness of his/her democratic heritage and the responsibilities of effective leadership in groups that use parliamentary procedure when making decisions. Class activities included: lectures, role playing in small groups, reports about attendance at meetings outside of class, quizzes, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. Some small-group activities worked well, but there were some difficulties with extemporaneous and impromptu "original" main motions and nonscripted dialogue. The Hearst text assisted in reducing the length of lectures to coincide with the attention span of more activity-oriented students. Few students expressed opinions about the text. Some students have used the parliamentary procedures they learned in the course in student government and other contexts. The Hearst text, because it represents a synthesis of basic concepts the instructor learned over the years, was invaluable to the instructor. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Text Factors
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).