ERIC Number: ED244312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Sixty Minutes to Better Communication: Ethical Issues within the Communication Workshop.
Short, Brant; Hardy-Short, Dayle
"Communication workshop" refers to the public-service oriented course that civic organizations, services, and clubs and political groups often request from professional educators. Ethical communication demonstrates a desire for the good of all those involved in the communication process, rather than just the personal gain of the speaker or the good of the listener. One possible method of teaching ethics within the constraints of the workshop requires placing ethics and communication in a broader perspective: instead of separating ethics from communicaton theory, the instructor may merge the two by suggesting that ethical communication achieves more significant goals than audience effect. Ethical communication may then be viewed as a means of maintaining a healthy society, guaranteeing free speech, and enhancing political pluralism, among other societal goals. Within a personal code of communication ethics, workshop instructors should (1) fully and honestly disclose academic qualifications to participants; (2) specify services, objectives, and the end products of the seminar; (3) cite sources of any work other than their own, never claiming any work other than their own; (4) act in ways consistent with their professional conscience; (5) view the workshop as an opportunity to focus on the participants' needs; (6) reflect understanding and application of speech communication theory; (7) maintain a working understanding of advances in their area of expertise; and (8) request and conduct participant evaluations of the instructors' workshop performance. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 12-14, 1984).