ERIC Number: ED168064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Developmental Perspective for Functional Communication: Implications for Lifelong Learning.
Brown, Kenneth L.
The Speech Communication Association's National Project on Speech Communication Competencies yielded a developmental perspective of functional communication, from which implications for lifelong learning can be derived. The project resulted in the following contributions: a definition of communication competence; a description of the child as a unique kind of communicator; an understanding of the central thread of communication development and of the complexity of that development; the recognition of variables, other than age, that are related to development; and a focus on the classroom as a communication context. The goal of lifelong learning programs is to enhance and expand learning opportunities for all social groups and ages, especially workers, urban youth, women, and older adults. With regard to lifelong learning, the developmental perspective for functional communication implies a need to examine how communication competence changes beyond adolescence, a need to examine the communication dimensions of multiple educational contexts, a need to examine the communicative demands of different roles that interact with the student role, and a need to prepare parenting programs that will enhance children's development of communication competence. (GT)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Child Development, Communication Skills, Communication (Thought Transfer), Developmental Stages, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Influences, Interpersonal Competence, Language Acquisition, Lifelong Learning, Parent Education, Postsecondary Education, Speech Communication
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)