ERIC Number: ED218685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Communication Competence and Teaching: An Interface.
Beall, Melissa L.
In recognition of the importance of communication skills to all students, a communication skills program is being developed and implemented in the Lincoln, Nebraska, public school system. Since teaching itself is communication, an important goal of the program is to improve and enhance the communication effectiveness of teachers as well as students. Until recently there has been very little research on the assumed relationship between teacher effectiveness and communication skills, and the research that has been done is often on an abstract level. Yet in spite of this lack of an adequate data base, five goals of the Lincoln program stress the commonalities of communication competence and the competent teacher. These goals are: (1) to humanize education, (2) to provide teachers with a new perspective for teaching their subject matter to their students, (3) to provide opportunities for students to gain communication competence, (4) to make students and teachers aware of their own communication appropriateness and effectiveness, and (5) to reinforce the idea that the quiet classroom with the teacher as center will not always facilitate maximum learning. As the results of current research become available, new inservice and teacher training programs will help create more effective teaching. (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 9-11, 1981).