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ERIC Number: ED378601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 27
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Preserving the Integrity of the Beginning Communication Course: An Examination of Current Practices.
Hugenberg, Lawrence W.
It could be argued that the basic communication course is the center of the speech communication discipline. And yet there is little consensus as to the approach to teaching speech skills, what skills to teach, or whether the teaching of skills is even effective. Four areas for discussion must be considered if communication scholars are to maintain the integrity of the basic course. First, too many basic courses are taught by graduate teaching assistants. This is unfair to the students because they receive in the vast majority of cases an inferior education; and it is unfair to the graduate assistants because they are unprepared for a task of this dimension. Second, it is time that administrators emphasize and reward teaching. Third, communication scholars themselves are one of the biggest obstacles to innovation in the basic course. They resist innovation because it means commitment of additional resources and, furthermore, they are simply unfamiliar with research on communications pedagogy. Fourth, communication scholars have not done a good job of educating the university community about what they do in the basic course; it is not just about teaching public speaking. Fifth, textbooks available for the basic course are a disappointment; for the most part, scholars continue to teach in the tradition Aristotle outlined 2000 years ago. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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