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ERIC Number: ED266507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Application of Communication Concepts: Effective Interaction with Students, Teachers, Parents, and Administrators.
O'Bryan-Garland, Sharon; Swinton, Marilyn
A study identified characteristics of social skills and communication qualities that prospective teachers should possess in order to work effectively with students, parents, administrators, and other teachers, and sought to use those findings in designing a communication course for prospective teachers. Subjects, 343 practicing teachers of secondary speech or drama identified competencies they felt were most important. Of the 40 most frequently mentioned competencies, personality characteristics, interpersonal skills and relationships, and planning skills were deemed most important. A course was then developed to examine basic communication theories and to apply the identified skills to teaching strategies. In order to determine whether the course improved the students' communication skills, three groups of students were surveyed. Two of the groups received no special treatment, while the third group took the new course. Results showed that the course emphasizing communication strategies increased students' confidence in their communication skills. (Tables of data are included.) (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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