ERIC Number: ED218679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-5
A Dialogue on Case Analysis in Organizational Communication Instruction.
Perotti, Valerie; DeWine, Sue
Neither the introductory survey of research course nor the audit course adequately prepares the organizational communication specialist for a career in a nonacademic organization. Therefore it is important for the organizational communication graduate student to receive some experiential or quasiexperiential learning along with his or her training in auditing techniques. Case analysis study can provide this experience based learning. There are, however, some instructional design problems that must be overcome before case analysis study can be implemented. Organizational communication must first develop its own collection of case studies emphasizing communication oriented issues. Even after this collection is developed, the question remains as to how much practical benefit the students will receive from the use of these studies. Actual practice with a client in the capacity of "a professional in training" might provide a student near the end of a graduate program with the skills needed to be a genuine professional. Organizations would probably be receptive to the idea of receiving communication consultants without charge in exchange for their providing the sites for training. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Boston, MA, May 2-5, 1982).