ERIC Number: ED207112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Doing Communication in the "Real World": Strategies for Teaching Non-Traditional Students.
Elsea, Kenneth J.
Academe's values of "deferred gratification" and "work hard now to prepare for the future" are replaced in the world of work by such values as the "future is now" and "immediate results." The outside world, not the textbooks, has provided educational experiences for the nontraditional student. The nature of the world of work, the arena where nontraditional students likely spend most of their time, influences the values and expectations they bring into the communications classroom. Nontraditional students have a more solidly formed self-concept, a preference for pragmatism, and an antipathy to theory that distinguish them from traditional students. Strategies that can be used to integrate the theoretical and the practical aspects of public speaking, interviewing, and organizational communication in a way that can be educational for both the nontraditional student and the instructor include (1) teaching communication theory as a diagnostic tool in problem solving, (2) applying theory to analyze familiar communication settings, (3) designing communication exercises set in relevant situations, and (4) evaluating student communication performance in a realistic situation. Coping with the demands of the nontraditional student necessitates an understanding of the unique nature of the student and a willingness to adopt teaching strategies that address those demands. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; 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).