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ERIC Number: ED240628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Coping with Frontiers.
Howell, William S.
Over the past fifty years, the speech communication discipline has confronted more frontiers than most. Earlier frontiers involved a preoccupation with physiology and an application of electricity to speech communication in a myriad of ways. Another reliable source of frontiers and one that led to fragmentation or a speech department of unified diversities is the seeking of specializations within speech communication. Later frontiers revolved around a fascination with intercultural communication and the necessity to deal with communication across cultures. A more recent and more rapidly advancing frontier concerns organizational communication. Both of these frontiers--organizational communication and intercultural communication--are of equal importance. Both are joint ventures with other disciplines and as such they reflect the continuing frontier of working out satisfactory relationships with related fields of study. A divisive frontier that challenges the profession is one of interaction, of fitting metaphoric and experientially derived notions that are useful and operationally valid into a statistical world. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 9-11, 1981).