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ERIC Number: ED073514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 9
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Speech Communication Course for the Prospective Teacher: A Social Systems Approach.
Kleiman, David C.
The linear orientation toward the teaching of speech communication courses designed for prospective teachers is criticized in this study for its too simplistic speaker/message/receiver paradigm. In support of the position that a far broader and more complex pattern of communication must be embraced if any contemporary theorizing about communication is to explain any meaningful portion of the communication process, the author suggests a social system approach. Under this approach the classroom is viewed as dependent upon its external environment for its existence and function and as part of an organized system of activity. This system is termed social and includes many different persons in interaction who perform many different functions interdependently and whose actions are socially promulgated and enforced. Emphasis is placed upon teacher behavior and the faculty peer group as a determinant of teacher communication in the classroom. The author calls for the development of speech communication courses for prospective teachers which recognize the teacher as part of this social system. (LG)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)