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ERIC Number: ED119279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
On Professionalism.
Work, William
The relationship between professionalism and professional organizations is examined in this paper. Standards of professionalism for speech communication personnel vary according to the specialization in this diverse field. Since guidelines can not prescribe accurately what a person trained in speech communication should know or perform in many different areas, speech communication will probably continue an advisory versus a prescriptive approach to professional standards. The author presents five standards which he considers appropriate for speech communication: (1) Have a strong sense of identity with professional colleagues. (2) Have a sincere concern for the development of young professionals. (3) Be active in professional organizations; attend meetings and conferences; read and contribute to professional journals; serve on committees, commissions, and task forces; and vote, nominate, and communicate approval or disapproval on matters of policy. (4) Assume a personal and continuing obligation for maintaining and augmenting professional knowledge and skills. (5) Accept high ethical standards in all professional relationships. The author believes a strong voluntary professional organization should be supported both as a matter of self-interest and as an act of responsibility. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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