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ERIC Number: ED306609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Communication for Scientists and Engineers: A "Computer Model" in the Basic Course.
Haynes, W. Lance
Successful speech should rest not on prepared notes and outlines but on genuine oral discourse based on "data" fed into the "software" in the computer which already exists within each person. Writing cannot speak for itself, nor can it continually adjust itself to accommodate diverse response. Moreover, no matter how skillfully performed, as though it were spontaneous and interactive, the predetermined speech can never in fact be either. Basic communication classes, particularly for scientists and engineers, should primarily address the restoration of an oral experience of the shared and sounded word. The categories of data that the mental software of the orator needs to draw on are: (1) thorough knowledge of the subject; (2) audience awareness; (3) the speaker's own oral style; and (4) an understanding of the theory behind the communication process. Perhaps the greatest evidence that can be offered to stress the virtue of orality is that the computer only works well in consort with its human belief system. The contemporary human computer possesses the capacity to evolve and act on an infinite body of potential intentions. (Seventeen footnotes are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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