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ERIC Number: ED265601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 13
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Undergraduates as Adult Communicators: A Life Skills Model for Curriculum Change.
Schwartz, Yvette K.
The population of college students contains an increasing number of students who are over 25 years old. Therefore, more adult-focused courses in communication are needed because adults tend to be interested in communication problems rather than communication subjects and value learning that makes use of their experiences. One model that fulfills those requirements and could be used as the basis for curriculum change is the Adkins Life Skills Structured Inquiry learning model. This model consists of four stages: (1) Stimulus Stage, in which students are stimulated to learn by a provocative presentation; (2) Evocation Stage, in which goals for the curriculum are established; (3) Objective Inquiry Stage, in which students explore what outside sources know about their subjects; and (4) Application Stage, which allows students to evaluate their behavior to determine if objectives have been achieved. Two prerequisites are required for instituting the program. First, the curriculum director must evaluate the target population. Second, the instructor must maintain a nonthreatening classroom climate. The program will allow students to develop their skills in ways most valuable to them. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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