ERIC Number: ED246504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Instruction for the Year--2000.
Arnold, William E.
Several features can be predicted for the future of higher education in general and for the field of communication in particular. The first is based on the impact of technology, described by Naisbitt as the restructuring from an industrial society to one based on the creation and distribution of information. If the media and the computer become the basis for information exchange, the role of the instructor will also change. Curriculum development should occur in three major areas: organizational communication, "communitechnology," and communication ethics. On a broader scope, the debates over theory and skills and quantitative versus qualitative research will lessen as professionals in the field recognize that all these components are necessary. Courses in listening and in public speaking will increase, to balance the increase of technology. Colleges and universities may see an erosion of their educational role as alternative ways to gain access to information increase. As the future becomes more stressful, there may be more coursework in the area of crisis communication. Finally, the basics will prevail in education, but the underpinnings for these courses will change significantly. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Seattle, WA, February 18-21, 1984).