ERIC Number: ED278071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Teaching a Large Lecture Interpersonal Communication Course.
Pearson, Judy C.
Though lecturing reflects the outmoded view that communication consists of action rather than transaction, large lecture classes are a reality that must be engaged. An interpersonal communication course can be adapted to the lecture hall and need not include the traditional lecture as the only teaching method. Students should be allowed to participate in games, exercises, and other experiential work just as they do in small classes. Teachers can create a supportive climate by being accessible to the students and encouraging their questions and comments. Positive behavior should be rewarded, perhaps by identifying the best speakers and giving extra credit for their achievement. A large interpersonal communication course especially needs an instructor who is a competent communicator and is knowledgeable, credible, and dynamic. Teaching methods should be used that involve both seeing and hearing about a concept and that provide as many opportunities for feedback as possible. Finally, negative concepts of a large course can be offset by building unity and cohesiveness among members of the class. The large section approach to interpersonal communication can be viewed as an opportunity rather than a detriment to effective communication education. A four-page reference list is provided. (SRT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, November 13-16, 1986).