ERIC Number: ED358489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-1
Our Ethical Responsibility: Utilizing Communication Courses To Recognize and Respond to Diversity.
Noting that humans do not deal very well with differences despite thousands of years of practice, this paper argues that dealing with differences is an ethical issue for the 21st century to which speech communication departments must respond. The first part of the paper follows R. Johannesen's recommendation that ethical issues, particularly communication ethical issues, should be examined in a three step process: (1) specifying exactly what ethical criteria, standards, or perspectives are applied; (2) justifying the reasonableness and relevancy of these standards; and (3) indicating in what respects the communication evaluated succeeds or fails in measuring up to the standards. The second part of the paper is an evaluation of communication departments' role in this issue. The third part of the paper takes Johannesen's recommendations one step further by briefly discussing how speech communication departments can make changes that will assist in dealing with differences in the classroom. A diagram presenting five models which identify diversity in the classroom is included; contains 49 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A