ERIC Number: ED381819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Communication Ethics by Encouraging Values and Habits.
Bode, Robert A.; Krolokke, Charlotte
Learning the values of respect for the individual, fairness, responsible exercise of freedom, and belief in each person's ability to understand democracy is possible. Students should learn to practice four communication habits: the habit of search (teaching students that they are accountable and responsible for what they say); the habit of justice (teaching students to present facts and opinions fairly); the habit of preferring public to private motivations (teaching students to openly reveal their information sources); and the habit of respecting dissent (teaching students to allow and encourage diversity of viewpoints). Possible outcomes that may result from the teaching of such values and habits are: (1) students could learn important conflict resolution skills which may be useful in their familial, student-to-student, student-to-teacher, and community relationships; (2) students may learn that diverse voices enrich perceptions and increase understanding, cooperation, and compromise rather than the reverse; (3) students may learn that how a person communicates tells a great deal about ethical character and genuine orientation toward communicating; and (4) students may learn to participate in lively and spirited discussions about the issues of the day. Nominal group technique, a small group exercise during which members alternate between individual work in the presence of others and verbal interaction as a group, is a recommended technique for working with students on communication ethics. It is a step-by-step exercise in which the teacher can customize effective questioning and guidance. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Small Group Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (Portland, OR, February 10-14, 1995).