ERIC Number: ED265576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Using Research as a Guide for Teaching Interpersonal Communication Competencies.
Phelps, Lynn A.; Smilowitz, Michael
Twenty years of research in interpersonal communication have provided teachers with a basis for identifying the competencies that should be taught in introductory interpersonal communication courses, including empathy, social composure, and conflict management. However, other issues such as "performance vs. knowledge," the affective dimension, and the situational nature of competency are still being researched and debated. Five suggestions for instructors who teach basic interpersonal communication courses are (1) review various conceptualizations of interpersonal competence and select factors deemed crucial for students to possess, (2) select a basic textbook that treats those factors, (3) encourage students to critically examine their own behaviors, (4) use exercises that provide the opportunity to observe others who possess useful skills and that provide opportunities to practice in a nonthreatening environment, and (5) allow students to make their own choices. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (71st, Denver, CO, November 7-10, 1985).