ERIC Number: ED253889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Lecturing: Omitted or Overlooked? Some Options for a New Orientation.
Weaver, Richard L., II; Michel, Thomas A.
No teaching method is more widely used and yet more strongly criticized than the lecture. Yet, an examination of more than 40 basic public speaking textbooks reveals that lecturing is seldom mentioned. There are, perhaps, several reasons for this omission. For example, authors of textbooks might feel that (1) material on lecturing duplicates their regular textbook content, (2) the topic is not the province of speech communication, or (3) lecturing is unrelated to undergraduate students. Other authors might omit it from their texts simply because they do not know what to say about it. In response to this last possibility, the literature shows that there are a number of options for improving the lecture. Textbooks, then, could concentrate on discussing these options, such as lecturer qualities, lecture construction techniques, lecturer-student interaction, feedback-lectures, small group work, and the so-called Doctor Fox Effect, in which the students are "seduced" by the lecturer into feeling that they are his or her associates. Textbook authors are overlooking an important body of literature, and should include material on lecturing in their basic public speaking works. In addition, speech communication professionals have an obligation to take lecturing under their collective wing--they can do much better with it then what has been done to date. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meetings of the Central States Conference on the Basic Course (St. Cloud, MN, April 27, 1984) and the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).