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ERIC Number: ED247634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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A Great Teacher of the East: Mardel Ogilvie.
Lieb-Brilhart, Barbara
The impact of Mardel Ogilvie's teaching of speech at Queens College (New York) during the 1950s and 1960s can be distilled into three areas: her personality, her impact on the lives of her students, and her contributions to the speech profession. Mardel's warmth was punctuated by her sense of humor, which always de-escalated crises. Her attitude of respect was communicated to the honor students as well as to the "strugglers"; no question was too stupid, no act too dumb. Her impact on her students has either obviously changed the course of their lives or subtly insinuated itself into their professional behavior. She often "went to bat" with the education faculty for students whom she knew, intuitively, would be excellent in the classroom, but who did not quite fit some of the rigid requirements. Ogilvie's influence was also based upon a consistent thread of concepts that pervaded her teaching: "Teaching is not covering. We cover with blankets; we teach by communicating so that students can change their behaviors." She made major contributions to the field of speech and language education, and to national, regional, and state publications and meetings in a variety of content areas. Her greatest contribution, however, has been her conception and implementation of the speech education program at Queens College from 1949 to 1968, a unique and exciting program that combines training in theatre, oral interpretation, debate, speech improvement, rhetoric, phonetics, pedagogy, and puppetry and explores the linkages between these disciplines. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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