ERIC Number: ED240628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
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)
Descriptors: Communication Research, Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Change, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Intellectual History, Intercultural Communication, Interdisciplinary Approach, Organizational Communication, Professional Development, Professional Recognition, Professional Services, Scholarship, Speech Communication
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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).