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ERIC Number: ED418456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Reflections of Older Texts.
Reid, Loren
An overseas teaching assignment in 1961 led one educator to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin where he came upon an effigy of Richard Whately and realized that Whately had written a text used in many American universities. The educator especially recalled that Whately had said "Encourage your students." He also wrote that the audience really wants the speaker to succeed. The National Association of Academic Teachers of Public Speaking was started by 17 men, and as soon as it got underway some of them wrote a textbook--the new discipline needed textbooks. The second president of the national association, James A. Winans, copyrighted "Speech Making" in 1915. The book had two themes: one was that a speaker conversed with listeners, talking to them and not at them and the other was that every student worked on conversational speaking, realizing the content of words as they were uttered and speaking with a lively sense of communication. As a student at Grinnell the educator used the book, Charles H. Woolbert's "The Fundamentals of Speech." By fundamentals Woolbert meant Action, Voice, Language, and Thought. Later texts that influenced the beginning course, one in colleges and one in high schools, were those by Alan Monroe, the first president of the Central States Communication Association, and W. Norwood Brigance. Brigance's text dominated secondary education for two decades. (NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Whately (Richard)
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 2-5, 1998).