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ERIC Number: ED355558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-31
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Broadening the Horizons: Organizational Communication in the Real World.
Swanson, Georgia
Working in the microcosm of an individual class, organizational communication instructors can broaden the student's horizon by starting with what are local types of diversity and then expanding the classroom understanding to include the larger world where that student is going to live and work. Speech communication teachers/scholars have seen changes coming in the emphases needed in all communication course work. In order for more and more curricula to include multicultural communication, higher education's senior management must be in the forefront of implementing multicultural programs on campuses. Instructors need to acknowledge that although senior management of institutions of higher education may need to be convinced of the need for multicultural education, instructors can begin the process within classrooms while they also work to convince others. Baldwin-Wallace College, a 5,000-student comprehensive college with old and deep roots in the traditional liberal arts approach, is attempting to broaden horizons in several ways, with college-wide special events programs, course assignments, and projects. Unless the student of organizational communication is aware that different and competing interpretations of the organizational life are operating, the student is likely to enter the organizational world looking for a singular organizational life when there is none. Demographics alone belie such an impression. (Contains 18 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A