ERIC Number: ED265598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-10
Reference Count: 0
Ethical Guidelines for Students Completing the Interpersonal Communication Course.
VerLinden, Jay G.
Because a review of the literature concerning interpersonal communication ethics indicates that communication ethics are rarely discussed explicitly in interpersonal communication textbooks, there is a need for clear guidelines appropriate for individuals who have completed interpersonal communication courses. The following are among seven ethical guidelines appropriate for students who have completed an interpersonal communication course: (1) communication is more ethical when the communicator acknowledges and demonstrates sensitivity to the humanity of all participants, (2) those with instruction in interpersonal communication have an ethical responsibility to actively use their knowledge and skills to humanize their relationships with others and to actively avoid dehumanizing others, and (3) those with instruction in interpersonal communication have the ethical responsibility, when possible, to develop methods to communicate humanely in advance of an encounter. Although these guidelines are not always easy to follow, they assume that people can learn from their mistakes and call for people to acknowledge their behavior, take responsibility for it, and improve it. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (71st, Denver, CO, November 7-10, 1985).