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ERIC Number: ED402639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in Teaching Interpersonal Communication.
Strohkirch, C. Sue
Fort Hays State Univesity offers a hybrid basic communication course. Competent speakers need to master public speaking skills (including suitable interpersonal skills), demonstrate nonverbal behaviors which support the verbal message, and be able to listen with literal and critical comprehension. However, increasing numbers of schools teach only performance-oriented public speaking skills. The course at Fort Hays State University teaches the communication process, listening, perception, how language affects meaning, nonverbal communication, self-disclosure, managing conflict, and developing and maintaining relationships. During the Spring 1995 semester, 314 students completed a pre-assessment test, and 266 students completed the post-assessment test. Results indicated a statistically significant increase in scores. Specific objectives of the course include: to define communication; understand how the communication process works; identify factors that affect perception; describe how language helps people understand, predict, and control the world around them; and define communication competence and discuss its role in conversations. In addition to paper and pencil tests, assessment measures are being developed for student portfolios, which should satisfy concerns of accountability and certify that students have attained mastery of specific interpersonal communication skills. (Contains 12 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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