ERIC Number: ED390095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Using Indigenous Strategies To Manage Learning in Multicultural Public Speaking Classrooms.
Flores, Norma Landa
Managing learning, when associated with communication behavior, has been described as being teacher power strategies that either "cover" the goals set to meet classroom tasks; or use "critical" analysis of power relations between students and teacher. This paper suggests that neither method of classroom management is useful for multicultural public speaking classrooms because of: (1) a failure to address the macrocultural issues such as institutional goals plus culturally diverse students' needs for global communication skills; and (2) microcultural issues such as building shared meaning amongst students and between teacher and students as they participate in collaborative public speaking interactions. Also, the paper advocates a "hover" strategy in which students and teacher produce a "reciprocal relationship" amongst themselves by using indigenous communication methods focusing on Aztec, Brazilian, Shoshone-Gabrielino, Third-World Culture's Dialectical Theology, African American, and Native-American Indian "alternation" processes of developing cultural communication competence as a two-way street. The paper concludes by describing how to use student analysis speeches to identify common ground from which to facilitate "cross credibility" competency-based collaborative research, arrangement, presentation and evaluation of problem-solving group discussions that arrive at culturally diverse students' defined solutions for mutual benefit in their shared environment. Appendixes present an intercultural communication model; a Native-American listing of speech communication, ESL, and English courses; evaluation forms; an outline format for panel presentations; and a form for a video review of a problem solving discussion. Contains 20 references. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Interethnic Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).