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ERIC Number: ED314777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 7
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Communication Skills Textbooks.
Cruice, Gary G., Jr.
The first roadblock encountered in an effort to develop an interdisciplinary communications skills course at the university level was the discovery that no suitable textbooks exist for such a course. First, texts widely used for basic speech courses do not attempt to incorporate written and spoken communication, much less computer skills. Second, writing and language arts textbooks merely do a fair job of integrating all communication skills, but at a level unsuitable for university use. Third, applicable computer software also is geared only to elementary students. There is, however, at least one speech textbook ("Communicating" by Berko, Wolvin and Wolvin) which attempts to deal with written and spoken language and which does explain the origins of language and meaning as well as the acquisition of language, but it is not all-encompassing. It may be that a course of this nature is too new or limited a concept for texts to have been developed. Moreover, if a university plans on offering such a course as the only way to offer students a chance to integrate their communication skills rather than the chance to use these skills across the curriculum, then such a course is a bad idea. If, on the other hand, the university plans on offering an interdisciplinary course as a component of a core curriculum, then such a course would be an excellent idea. (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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