ERIC Number: ED249556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-9
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Public Speaking Course: A Liberal Arts Perspective.
Fritz, Paul A.; Weaver, Richard L., II
Noting that while the literature clearly states a need for colleges and universities to teach students critical thinking skills from a liberal arts perspective, this paper points out that there are few descriptions of how these skills can be taught. Using the canons of classic rhetoric, the literature is reviewed to discover the skills that arise from invention, organization, composition, memory, and delivery, and concludes that students need critical thinking skills that will help them expand perspectives, draw themes together, draw conclusions, present organized data consistent with audience expectations, and write in oral style. Labeling these as framing, scenario, prescription, and imagining skills, the paper presents exercises designed to assist students develop each skill within a public speaking course. Finally, the paper offers suggestions for testing critical thinking. (FL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).