ERIC Number: ED196088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Basic Speech Communication Course: A Review of Past Practices and Current Preferences.
Pearson, Judy C.; Sorenson, Ritch L.
A study was undertaken to assess the extent to which the basic speech communication course fulfilled the needs of students and alumni of a large midwestern university. Specifically, the study sought to discover whether the basic course should be required and whether public speaking, interpersonal communication, or another activity should be the focus of the basic course. Telephone interviews were conducted with students and former students who had completed the basic course. The findings revealed that the content of the basic speech communication course fulfilled the needs of students and alumni. Both groups recommended that the course be required, that the course should combine interpersonal communication and public speaking, and that it should emphasize practice over theory. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).