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ERIC Number: ED084586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 9
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What Should Be the Unique Role of Teaching or the Unique Applications of Teaching in Departments of Speech Communication Located in Urban Environments?
Sarbaugh, L. E.
Urban environments are characterized by crowding, heterogeneous groups, disparities in opportunity between inner city and suburbia, concentrated hostility, complexity in organizational communication factors, depersonalization, dependence on mass communication, and high interdependence requiring balancing of conflicting goals. While communication principles are equally relevant despite the geographical area, emphasis and application of particular principles vary. In urban settings, three communication activities should be emphasized: (1) one-to-one interaction with emphasis on mutual growth through applications of empathic and problem-centered patterns developed by writers such as Ginott; (2) enhancement of social action and implementation processes through emphasis on principles related to the areas of communication anxiety reduction, organizational communication, and action campaigns; and (3) conflict management through games such as "prisoner's dilemma" and through applications of principles from persuasion, role playing, and consistency theories. Project approaches, utilization of electronic and other delivery systems, and relevant teacher training should be stressed in the context of lifelong education. (BLB)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (59th, New York City, November 8-11, 1973)