ERIC Number: ED369125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-7
Reference Count: N/A
Curricular Changes, Communication Skills, and Cultural Diversity: The Next Generation.
Goulden, Nancy Rost
The place to begin curricular change (in response to changing demography and cultural diversity) is with establishing general learning goals that the changes will be designed to address. The first criteria for any curricular decisions for a basic speech communication course should be: change must provide an opportunity for learning that is beneficial for students. The primary thrust of cultural diversity curricular revisions has been attitudinal. Educators have optimistically called for others to join them in spreading the word and ushering in a new era of harmony and understanding. More substantive changes have been reflected in new sections added to interpersonal and group texts and courses that provide specific information about communication practices of each gender and some ethnic groups. Examination of a sample of 10 texts for basic speech communication courses (published in 1994) indicates that: (1) changes to prepare students for a more culturally diverse world have been changes of degree rather than approach; and (2) there has been even less progress in incorporating content to make public speaking texts more responsive than there has been for interpersonal texts. Three of the texts suggest that communication educators are probing for meaningful ways to implement cultural diversity curricular changes that move toward both attitudinal and skill learning. Communication educators need to evaluate or reevaluate their teaching goals based on students' present and future needs related to cultural diversity. (Contains 13 references. An assignment for an introductory public speaking honors section is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Speech Communication Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Oklahoma City, OK, April 7-10, 1994).