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ERIC Number: ED356512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Taking It to the Classroom: Strategies for Re-Claiming Citizenship through Communication Education.
Kelley, Colleen E.
Speech communication in general and rhetoric in particular address suggestions for protecting the "space" in which public conversation occurs in a democracy. Although the framers of the Constitution clearly envisioned significant citizen involvement in policy making, citizen access to the process has greatly declined, especially at the national level. Educators in general and speech communication educators in particular have historically encouraged greater citizen awareness as part of their instructional mission at the college level. The primary focus of a variation of a 16-week "basic" speech communication course is the study of public communication as crucial to providing an informed electorate in a democracy and as a necessary skill for empowering students to become citizens in a 21st century democracy. The course has three objectives: (1) to enable students to comprehend the role of public communication in democratic societies; (2) to enable students to critically evaluate human communication; and (3) to instill an appreciation of the importance of freedom of speech in American society. Such a class becomes a forum where traditional concepts of liberty, equality and justice link with contemporary American citizenship by way of the classic rhetorical premise that a good citizen is a good person who speaks well. (Nineteen references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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