ERIC Number: ED216411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Political Communication Coursework and the Skills Utilized by Political Professionals.
Schmidt, Molly Spengler
A study was conducted to determine those communication and general job skills necessary to adequately prepare college graduates for employment in politics. Subjects were 40 political party staff members of the Illinois General Assembly, who completed questionnaires concerning the communication and general skills they used in their jobs. In addition, information was gathered from each Illinois college offering a course in political communication concerning the topics covered in the course and reading materials used. The political professionals indicated that research skills were the most important and frequently used in their jobs; however, an examination of the college political communication course descriptions revealed very little emphasis placed upon research techniques. The professionals attributed more than half of their overall communication knowledge to previous and present job experiences, indicating once again that colleges are not providing sufficient training in this area. The professionals attributed their overall knowledge of organizational skills equally to college and previous and present job experiences. (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 Central States Speech Association (Milwaukee, WI, April 15-17, 1982).