ERIC Number: ED257154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
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Building a Context of Experience: Communication Audits to Teach Communication Concepts.
Husband, Robert L.; Helmer, James E.
The research audit is an effective means for providing undergraduate students with relevant organizational experience through which they can integrate theory and practice. A course was designed to teach students to apply basic concepts in the field of organizational communication to "real life" communication problems in organizations. The objectives included increasing student knowledge of organizational operation; organizational communication; the identification, analysis, and solution of organizational communication problems; career preparation; and the development of practical research skills. The course used three teaching methods--lecture/discussion, case studies/role plays/group exercises, and the communication audit, and two types of evaluation: an informal assessment based on student comments and a brief questionnaire administered to all students. The communication audit was found to contribute significantly more to student achievement by sending students into places of business and other organizational settings. Before using the audit for classroom use, instructors need to consider a number of issues, including the selection of organizations, grouping students, maintaining a working relationship with the organizations, research methods, and scheduling. A copy of the communication audit survey is appended. (EL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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