ERIC Number: ED348704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-2
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Is What We Have, What We Want?: A Critical Review of Selected Basic Course Textbooks.
Berens, Eileen; Nance, Teresa A.
A two-stage study was designed to offer a comprehensive analysis of current basic public speaking textbooks. The first stage involved a comprehensive classification, enumeration, and comparison of the substance of six textbooks identified by publishers as leading competitors on the public speaking market. Results from the first stage formed the basis of the framework for the second stage in the development of criteria to be applied to the broad areas of theory, instructional techniques, and communication technology. Results indicated that: (1) there is remarkable consistency in the topics covered in the textbooks, all of which show a clear pragmatic skills orientation; (2) theory presented in public speaking textbooks can best be described as traditional, with new communication theory often not integrated into the chapters; (3) despite differences in emphasis and arrangement, public speaking textbooks follow the same basic structural pattern they have for most of the 20th century; and (4) issues such as the impact of cultural diversity and media have not been integrated into the substance of the textbooks. Findings suggest that public speaking textbooks need to change, but that significant change will only occur when classroom teachers can articulate clearly what they want. (Four tables of data are included; 18 references and a list of textbooks evaluated are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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