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ERIC Number: ED384936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Informational Interview.
Croft, Blanton
An instructional strategy, designed for any basic semester speech and/or communication course, helps students improve their informational interviewing skills. For the strategy to work smoothly, the following conditions should be met: an introductory required speech communication course; a predetermined and uniformly used amount of course content time slated for interpersonal communication; a basic course text used by all instructors with a specific text chapter on interviewing; audiovisual support; and local availability of a variety of business, professional, governmental, and scientific workers to be interviewed. Videotaping all basic course students while interviewing each other is often an impossible task given the logistics of large numbers of students and limited video equipment. In the strategy, each student conducts three out-of-class interviews with persons currently occupying positions to similar to the one they expect to hold one to five years after graduation. During these interviews, students explore communication demands, skills and problems as related to their chosen career and probe general career duties and responsibilities. Students set up the meeting time, date, and place. Following the interviews, students organize the information into a 5-10 page critical analysis paper, with priority given to the content on communication skills in the workplace. The strategy has been used for 5 years at Northern Virginia Community College and continues to be refined. (A part of the critical aspect of a nursing student's paper and six notes are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A