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ERIC Number: ED399571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Self-Empowerment Techniques: A New Direction for Teachers of College Public Speaking Courses.
Bedore, Joan M.
Self-empowerment techniques are personal growth activities that are used over time to create a sense of self-worth, personal accountability, and power in an individual. Generally, the goal of these techniques is to recognize, accept, and act upon individual hidden reserves of talent, ability, and courage. The techniques are learned experientially (through direct experience) and are best presented in combination or groups of activities. The climate in the self-empowerment classroom is warm, friendly, active and supportive. The students tend to see themselves as family, helping each other work on confidence and personal growth. In a pilot study, two primary beliefs led to the introduction of self-empowerment techniques in seven college classes: (1) that students value speech education that uses self-empowerment techniques; and (2) that students' confidence and competence improves as their self-concept improves. Subjects were 180 students at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. During the public speaking phase, peer, teacher, and self-evaluations were performed. Three formal tests were also administered, including ongoing honesty statements in which students state frankly how they feel about their state of mind and their work. The day-to-day format includes a mixture of extemporaneous and impromptu speeches, notes, lectures, experiential individual and group activities, discussions and PIG pages (Purpose, Intended Results and Groundrules for the class). Student and administrative evaluations of the pilot project were positive. (Contains 21 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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