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ERIC Number: ED318070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Speaking across the Curriculum: Moving toward Shared Responsibility.
Lerstrom, Alan
Professional and personal success is related to a person's ability to listen, speak, read, and write effectively. As with other acquired abilities, communication skills must be supported and reinforced in a variety of contexts. Colleagues in the Speech Communication Association have raised valid issues regarding the appropriateness and effectiveness of communication across the curriculum. In a literature review, Ellen Hay raised four concerns: (1) training for faculty outside of the discipline; (2) quality of the students' experience; (3) drawing oral activities from a spectrum of the communication discipline; and (4) approaching communication abilities in a developmental manner. No workshop can train faculty from other disciplines to teach or evaluate communication competencies as well as a professional oral communication teacher. On the other hand, faculty can be trained to maintain and encourage the continued use of emerging communication abilities if students have had an effective introductory class. If an assignment or course that is intended to emphasize communication experiences is well developed, then students can be challenged to use a variety of communication skills. When faculty members are concerned about students' development as critical thinkers, writers, and speakers, then the communication exercises that are incorporated into their courses can help students develop, maintain, and increase their communication competencies. (Appendix A provides the World Regions Country Report 1987, and Appendix B provides detailed plans for the MCAP Summer Workshop. Thirty-two references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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