ERIC Number: ED390079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-18
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding the Profession: Ideas for Change.
Boileau, Don M.
This paper proposes a high school curriculum that incorporates education in oral communication as an essential graduation skill--a skill taught systematically by trained instructors in a communication course. The paper points out, however, that other innovative arrangements are possible as long as the instruction is systematic; follows professionally developed guidelines; and uses instructors who have had competent instruction in multiple facets of communication theory. The paper notes that three major thrusts compose this proposal for the ideal curriculum: identification of the curriculum-approaches to skills; identification of how these skills will be taught systematically; and identification of the training of classroom instructors. The paper states that the proposal must then be followed by a diffusion plan following Everett Roger's diffusion model. The paper identifies an excellent already available model curriculum developed by the Speech Communication Association (SCA). In conclusion, the paper points out that various groups in SCA might undertake the following actions to offer greater leadership for schools in this country: (1) K-12 and EPB could select 30-40 people to commit themselves to submitting 304 articles over the next 2-3 years to various education journals as a way of creating a knowledge base; (2) SCA could finance the massive distribution of new curriculum guidelines; (3) workshops on new curriculum goals could be held in each state; (4) research studies could be encouraged to show that each element of the curriculum goal is viable; and (5) graduate students could be encouraged to do research concerning the ideal secondary school curriculum. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Professional Concerns; Speech Communication Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).