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ERIC Number: ED380848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 41
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Teaching a "Commitment to a Competent Rhetoric" in the Speech Communication Classroom.
Mackey-Kallis, Susan
Following J. Sprague's (1992) call to reevaluate instructional communication theory and practice in light of critical theory and Sprague's (1993) call for a more engaged form of discipline-specific pedagogy, this paper responds with a reevaluation of speech communication education in light of rhetorical theory. The paper argues that speech educators need to return to their disciplinary roots to once again teach students both how and why to become articulate citizen-critics and citizen-speakers. This is made possible, in part, by teaching a "commitment to a competent rhetoric," (Hauser and Blair, 1983), a rhetoric that is inventional, situational, practical, critical, political/transformational, and urgent. The paper discusses the problematic turn in speech pedagogy that has divided rhetorical theory from pedagogical practice, explores the implications of this division, defines and explains "commitment to a competent rhetoric" and concludes with specific rhetorical/pedagogical strategies that might foster a commitment to a competent rhetoric in the high school and college classroom. Contains 44 references and 3 notes. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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