ERIC Number: ED151887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Issues in Communication Competency Theory.
Backlund, Philip M.
"Communication competence" refers to the knowledge an individual has about the use of language in communication. As a concept and theory, however, it needs to be further elaborated and clarified. In particular, four issues must be resolved before communication competence theory can achieve full development and exert impact in the classroom. The first issue is one of definition. Current definitions are inconsistent--some of them consider competence a cognitive factor, while others consider it a behavioral factor. The second issue concerns the levels at which an individual possesses communication competence; it appears that both knowledge and skill are needed, but these levels need to be clarified. The third issue involves the problem of distinguishing competence from similar concepts, such as interpersonal competence and communication effectiveness. Three points are relevant to this issue: social judgment, criteria, and educational implications. The fourth issue that needs to be resolved concerns the determination of dimensions and variables associated with communication competence including function, process, interaction, skill, and development. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (63rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)