ERIC Number: ED267472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-3
Reference Count: 0
Elements of Teacher Communication Competence: An Examination of Skills, Knowledge and Motivation to Communicate.
Rubin, Rebecca B.; Feezel, Jerry D.
In an effort to assess the communication skills of prospective teachers, a study examined the role of three pedagogical domains in speech communication instruction--skill, knowledge, and motivation. Fifty student teachers were tested using the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PCRA; McCroskey l977), the Communication Competency Assessment Instrument (CCAI), and the Snyder Speech Scale (SSS). Additional indications of skill level were taken from student records. The results of analyses showed that motivation for communication was not a differentiating factor in the success of student teachers, and that the student teacher's knowledge of content and teaching appears to be only slightly related to overall teaching assessment. The study concluded that the SSS, with its focus on public speaking skills, might be a useful device to use in methods courses or seminars to examine lecturing skills prior student teaching. However, the CCAI, with its focus on interpersonal and listening skills, may reflect both skill and knowledge and might be more appropriate for use in a prospective teacher's college career to help identify weak areas for extra training. Likewise, the PRCA may indicate students who might benefit from instruction aimed at alleviating anxiety. (EL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).