ERIC Number: ED222934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Approaching Competency-Based Speech Education: Standards for Appraising and Building Programs.
Schmidt, Wallace V.
Competency-based education can be a viable tool for demonstrating accountability in speech communication instruction. The objectives of speech communication instruction tend to be based more upon the content than upon the everyday communication needs of the students. Rather than continue the approach of basing instruction on assumptions of what constitutes adequate communication, the speech profession needs to make a concerted effort to first determine the personal and professional behaviors that a competent communicator must exhibit. The kind of systematic analysis most appropriate for this task should include at least three strategies: (1) surveys of the literature, (2) surveys of speech communication educators and professionals, and (3) field research of the communication behavior of adults in naturalistic settings. A comprehensive program of the kind discussed, utilizing all available strategies, should result in a model of communication competence and a corresponding list of competencies upon which effective and efficient systems of speech education can be based. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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