ERIC Number: ED367004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-18
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing the Instruction of Relationship Development in the Basic Communication Course.
Gorcyca, Diane Atkinson
Traditional course outlines in a hybrid communication course cover the "elements" areas before discussion of different forms and types of relationships. This paper proposes a structure whereby the development of relationships is presented first, and the elements are examined as communication factors that promote or discourage a particular relationship. M. Knapp's (1978) stages of Coming Together and Coming Apart are presented in the paper as an efficient tool for this structure, with slight modification to accommodate the emphasis on friendship relationships as opposed to primary relationships. The organization proposed in the paper permits students to conduct an introspective analysis of their own interpersonal communication relationships, and the teaching involved takes on an enhanced interpersonal focus. (One table of data is included; 17 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Speech Communication Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).